Retake Mass Effect 3 protest claims victory after BioWare vows to address controversial ending

Published 2 years, 8 months ago by Wesley Yin-Poole

The Retake Mass Effect 3 campaign has brought to a close its protest against the ending of Mass Effect 3, declaring it a resounding success.

Retake Mass Effect 3 had been appealing for funds to get the movement taken seriously by BioWare; money it will donate to gaming charity Child's Play.

In a post on the campaign's website, spokesperson Robb said the decision was made following BioWare's recent revelation that the development team was working on "content initiatives" to answer the questions left by the controversial Mass Effect 3 ending.

This, coupled with concern expressed by the Child's Play charity organiser Penny Arcade, brought the high-profile movement to a close having met its end goal of $80,000.

"I don't believe anyone can or should consider this effort to have been anything but spectacularly successful," Robb said. "As evidenced by the statement from Dr. Muzyka yesterday, we have made our voices heard. Those of you here have taken special care to be heard in a polite, positive manner, and I believe that this is a major contributor to that success.

"We have shown our sincerity and passion. We have brought positive attention to the Retake Mass Effect movement.

"Make no mistake. This effort has been victorious."

While BioWare has promised to address concern over the Mass Effect 3 ending, we still don't know how it will do so. More information on its "content initiatives" will be released in April.

Robb continued: "Retake Mass Effect is not over by any means; Dr. Muzyka's statement was welcome, but did not directly address our concerns. You have been heard. Now it is time to make sure they get the details right."

For its part, Penny Arcade said the Retake Mass Effect 3 movement had led it to question how the Child's Play charity should be used in the future. It's drawn up a new policy as a result, which means Child's Play cannot be a tool to draw attention to a cause. Instead, Child's Play must be the cause.

"Nothing like this has ever happened in the almost ten years the charity has been running," Jerry "Tycho" Holkins wrote on the blog, "so it kind of threw me for a loop."

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