There's been no shortage of controversy surrounding Mass Effect 3, with fans bemoaning everything from the day one DLC and much-maligned endings to the inclusion of homosexual relationships. Some of their complaints are legitimate, while others, obviously, are not. Digital Trends had a chat with Casey Hudson, the series' director and executive producer, about how fans have reacted to the game, among other things.
"I didn’t want the game to be forgettable, and even right down to the sort of polarizing reaction that the ends have had with people–debating what the endings mean and what’s going to happen next, and what situation are the characters left in," Hudson said. "That to me is part of what’s exciting about this story. There has always been a little bit of mystery there and a little bit of interpretation, and it’s a story that people can talk about after the fact."
As far as the inclusion of gay relationships in the game, Hudson didn't directly address the homophobia expressed by some fans, instead saying simply, "I think we always just strive for being inclusive."
As people start to understand where day one DLC comes from, he said, they won't get so worked up about it. "I think a lot of the common sense is prevailing. Initially, it was spun in a direction that suggested that we had taken the lore out of Mass Effect 3 and were holding it inside the DLC only, which now the people who actually have played Mass Effect 3 and the DLC they know that that’s not true. So that fear was set aside and, ultimately, I think people get it now.
"When we finish a game, we finish it many months before it actually hits the shelves and that team goes on to work on something else that in those intervening months represent millions of dollars of development time."
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