Yesterday, BioWare officially became inundated into creating a new ending with additional closure. Thanks to social networking, major news publications and FleshEatingZipper, fans have been able to assume direct control of the developers and fix the cheapest ending in video game history. Now that we’ve all had a day to let it all sink in, what should we expect?
The way I see it, BioWare has two choices to make: expand on their original ending (renegade), or admit that Commander Shepard was indoctrinated and the final portions of the game are simply a dream (paragon).
Sticking To Their Guns
What if BioWare were to expand on the ending by adding the perspectives of your crew members during the final mission? Imagine taking control of Wrex while leading his legion of battle-Krogans into a brigade of Reapers in London. The result of your victory will depend on whether or not the genophage was cured. When you get to the point where Shepard activates the Crucible, the perspective changes to, say, Joker. Can you say “space combat simulator”? I know, I’m asking for too much.
Finishing the last character’s angle would clear up any cloudy questions about Shepard, the Crucible, and why your entire crew left you to die.
To Admit Defeat
If BioWare were to choose indoctrination, they would be admitting that the ending truly sucked Krogan testicles. Based on pure speculation, this DLC would probably contain 5 or 10 minutes of gameplay and a cinematic epilogue. This is more preferable only because the mass relays would be still intact leaving future stories/games possible. But this would destroy any credibility with BioWare and flip the gaming industry upside down. Basically, they’d be forcing us to pay for the real ending that should have been included to begin with. It’ll be painful to purchase, but I think we all need some much needed closure.
Either way, BioWare has stated that this new ending is “the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback …. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.”
They’ve got a lot riding on their backs to delivering a rich, fulfilling ending that won’t leave us scratching our heads.