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BioWare Discusses Mass Effect Conclusion, ME3 has “Many Different Endings”

February 29, 2012 Written by Alex Osborn

We’re literally days away from the epic launch of Mass Effect 3 and anticipation for the game couldn’t be higher. BioWare has assured gamers that this trilogy capper will provide the satisfying conclusion that rounds out the story of Commander Shepard. In order to craft an experience that really delivers on this promise, BioWare has had to fashion numerous different endings that hinge on the choices made by the player over the course of the entire series.

In a recent interview with 360 Magazine, the game’s producer Mike Gamble and discussed how the studio approached the story of ME3.

There are many ways to end Shepard’s story, right? I wouldn’t necessarily say ending Shepard’s story means one thing or the other, like life or death or whatever. It comes to a conclusion and how you get to that conclusion.

There a risks involved in how you get there or how you completely not get there. As in the previous games, you’ll make a decision and you’ll see the outcome and there are huge risks to all of those decisions. It’s not cut and dry.

There are many different endings. We wouldn’t do it any other way. How could you go through all three campaigns playing as your Shepard and then be forced into a bespoke ending that everyone gets? But I can’t say any more than that…

Gamble went on to shed some light on the controversial corporation Cerberus and its role in the third installment.

Cerberus are very bad, but they have their own reasoning. Obviously, you’ll have to play Mass Effect 3 to find out where that reasoning lies and whether or not you agree with it actually. The troops have been modified and Cerberus has a new approach to dealing with the Reaper threat and Shepard can agree with that or not, but the Illusive Man has his ways.

Without giving too much away, in many respects, his interactions with Shepard in ME2 served his purposes at that time. They also served Shepard’s at the time, provided him with a new ship, a new life, but now things are different. The Reapers are here, old alliances change and new ones form.

Mass Effect 3 launches next week on March 6th.