Jamcie Kerbizz said:
O-k so if original ending was leaked (then changed). What was it? Where is it? Should be readily available to all since it leaked so hard, Bioware shat themselves over it, that everyone knew it and all hope is lost, oh noes etc. I still never seen/read it. Any help there?
If I remember right it was something like this:
The use of Mass Effect fields leads to a build up of Dark Energy, which is destroying the universe itself. The Reapers reap in part to contain the spread of Mass Effect technology (maybe, not 100% on that bit), and create more of their own (every Reaper being a Hive Mind gestalt of an entire species) to increase their 'manpower pool' dedicated to stopping the problem. Things are almost at the point of no return and their push for the Human Reaper is presented as their one last Hail Mary to save the universe. The ending choices then become allowing the harvest to continue, and hope the Human Reaper does indeed solve the problem, or telling the Reapers to fuck themselves, maybe blow them all up, and declare that the Citadel species can solve the problem as is.
Personally, I find that ending just as bad as the one we got. It still represents a major tonal shift for the game/series (unless they completely rewrote the 3rd game, a bit of foreshadowing in the previous game doesn't cut it). It still completely ruins the Reapers, who go from a Lovecraftian menace to, at worst, 'well intentioned extremists' (I maintain, the reasons why they reap should never have been explained, as it would never measure up, better to leave them as 'unknowable'). Plus, it's just so, grim and depressing. Taking what started as a classical, wonder-filled Space Opera setting, with a focus on unity and optimism and adding 'The thing that makes our setting unique (the Mass Effect) also kills the universe' is still a major and unwelcome tonal shift.