Mass Effect 3 Story May be Changed by Trolls

Mass Effect 3 Story May be Changed by Trolls

The news that Mass Effect 3’s story leaked pretty much all over the internet isn’t really a breaking story any more. What is shocking though is that BioWare may or may not change what would otherwise be a finalized story arc based on forum response to the leak earlier in the month.

If you somehow missed the Mass Effect tubes springing their leak I’ll run the whole fiasco down for you, in an obviously simplified version. Earlier in the month the Mass Effect 3 Demo beta somehow made it up onto the Xbox Live marketplace. It was only up for a short time but that was long enough for people to give it a download and a subsequent play, which accounts for some of the leaked info. Then a Russian NeoGaf website tore the build apart and found huge chunks of the story script, posting them up almost immediately.

Now this may come as a surprise, but we gamers are a pretty opinionated bunch. It didn’t take long for fans to swarm the BioWare forums and complain about certain story twists they didn’t approve of (the political term is ‘feedback’). BioWare’s Dr. Ray Muzyka responded saying “We listen to our fans all of the time. We listen to them on the forums, their feedback from stories. We’re reading it all. If we can get ideas out of it that will make the game better, sure. We’re not adverse to taking feedback. That’s part of our core values, is humility. Any time we get a good idea from fans… they’re our audience. They keep us in business.”

Now that may just be a damage control statement, and personally I hope it is, because the thought of thousands of Mass Effect fans flocking to the website and attempting to shape the story to what they want doesn’t appeal to me. While there is probably some legitimate feedback there is much more than likely a huge amount of trolling as well. I can only imagine cries of “Sex with Tali!” echoing around the BioWare boards.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the giant Terminator style human Reaper at the end of two, but as shocking as it may seem, I’m not a professional script writer and I don’t know how to weave an intricate and fulfilling narrative. The folks at BioWare do. So unless you have several best selling novels under your belt, like Drew Karpyshyn (writer of the Mass Effect games and novels) does, maybe just leave the script work to him. Just saying.

Source: Eurogamer

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