Crysis 3 producer Mike Read has defended BioWare's decision to succumb to fan pressure regarding its decision to create a Mass Effect 3 ending DLC.
Read believes that BioWare were correct in releasing the Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut downloadable content pack. He stated that when a title comes out, "it’s owned by the community".
"BioWare’s in a bit of an interesting position, as opposed to us with the Crysis story, which is a very linear thing – we want to tell a story from start to finish, and the interactive pieces we’re making are the action sequences
"I’m a little bit of the belief that when a game comes out, and there’s a number of developers that I’m going to leave unnamed who have done very good jobs of this, that have put games out and the game isn’t really theirs any more, it’s owned by the community."
He added that there's "kind of a shift" which occurs when launching a title and releasing content add-ons for it.
"So there's kind of a shift that happens in between releasing a game, especially when it comes to content add-ons and free-to-play. I think that model of getting your communities involved is a great thing.
"I back BioWare on what they did. I think it's an understatement to say people were very vocal, but I think Casey [Hudson, Mass Effect 3 executive producer] made the right decision in coming back and delivering something. It did get mixed receptions as to what it was, but I think overall it was a good choice."