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Controversial Mass Effect 3 ending defended by BioWare

BioWare's Casey Hudson says the polarised opinion over the ending to Mass Effect 3 is good, because at least the game isn't forgettable.

The director of Mass Effect 3 has defended the highly controversial ending to the game, which acts as the final instalment of the popular series.

Speaking to Digital Trends, BioWare's Casey Hudson said that he had intended the ending to be a talking point, welcoming the strong reactions it has provoked among fans.

The Retake Mass Effect petition was recently started by angry fans, with gamers pledging money - $28,418 (£18,067) so far and counting - in a bid to "bring positive attention to our petition for an alternate ending to the fantastic Mass Effect series".

"We would like to dispel the perception that we are angry or entitled," the group states. "We simply wish to express our hope that there could be a different direction for a series we have all grown to love."

Yet Hudson says the polarising impact of the ending is important as his primary aim was to make sure the ending was not forgettable.

"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," he told the website.

But that is not to say that BioWare is not listening carefully to what the fans have to say. Hudson claims that the feedback they provide will be interpreted by the developer and will play a key role in the planning the direction taken with the forthcoming downloadable content.

"That's why if you look at Mass Effect 2 we knew that people wanted to spend more time with a character like Liara, and so we created an ongoing storyline with her as part of the comics and then built it into the DLC stuff, and we're always listening to fans," he said.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801318011-ADNFCR