Maybe now everyone will quiet down and we can move on.
BioWare has announced Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut , which is a free download that will provide bitter gamers with "deeper insights into how their personal journey concludes."
This expansion will be available for all three platforms (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC) and although the developer didn't get into specifics, they did say they've added "cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes," which should hopefully satisfy the annoyed fans. Said studio co-founder Ray Muzyka:
"With the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut we think we have struck a good balance in delivering the answers players are looking for while maintaining the team's artistic vision for the end of this story arc in the Mass Effect universe."
Executive producer Casey Hudson added that post-launch development initiatives for the game have been "reprioritized" as a result of this Extended Cut release. Don't worry about grabbing the expansion immediately, though; it'll be available through April 12, 2014, so if you haven't yet finished ME3, take your time.
Ideally, the fans will get what they want and this whole mess can fade away. The only problem is that we get the sneaking suspicion that this effort won't make everyone happy (how can it, really?), and the bitterness will remain for quite some time. Too bad for a fantastic franchise.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3