Not being one of the die-hard franchise followers, I'm actually asking straight-up.
If you were an active part of the community that reacted to the Mass Effect 3 ending ordeal earlier this year, do you think hardcore fans of the series have permanently left? In other words, was the event scarring enough to piss people off for good? Is it a long-term rift?
As a follow-up question, did the Extended Cut DLC appease fans (for the most part), or did it do little to mend the injury? I've heard conflicting reports; some have said they understand BioWare's limitations in producing that extra content, and are therefore satisfied with what they got. Others, who wanted more drastic changes, were none too thrilled. Personally, after that mess, I don't have a whole lot of respect for that fan base but then again, I admit to not being part of it. I also know that in the interest of headlines, the negative backlash may have gotten blown out of proportion.
But did it really…? Or has BioWare forever alienated a great many former fans? When they release the next game in the Mass Effect universe, will sales actually reflect that loss? Or will the loss be reflected in whatever project they do next, such as Dragon Age III ? In my opinion, I find gamers to be extremely fickle, despite what passions they may have on any given day. My prediction is that none of this has an adverse effect on future BioWare sales…but I'm sure some out there disagree.
Related Game(s): Mass Effect 3