BioWare to "Patch" Error-Laden Mass Effect Novel in Response to Fan Uproar

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Mass Effect fans recently tore into the many errors and inaccuracies in William C. Dietz's new spin-off novel Mass Effect: Deception, putting together a thoroughly damning document cataloging scores of lore-errors and mistakes in the book.


Today, BioWare's community coordinator Chris Priestly posted the following to the BioWare forums:

Mass Effect fans have been asking for a comment on recent concerns over Mass Effect: Deception. We have been listening and have the below response on the issue.

The teams at Del Rey and BioWare would like to extend our sincerest apologies to the Mass Effect fans for any errors and oversights made in the recent novel Mass Effect: Deception. We are currently working on a number of changes that will appear in future editions of the novel.

We would like to thank all Mass Effect fans for their passion and dedication to this ever-growing world, and assure them that we are listening and taking this matter very seriously.


Certainly a win for fans of Mass Effect lore the world over, and not quite indicative of a coming dystopian future where novels are released just like video games.

Hopefully no more books need to be burned.

Del Ray and BioWare comment on Mass Effect: Deception [BioWare Forums via Phil Doyle]

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How exactly do they plan on 'fixing' the current version in light of that document? According to the Google Doc, we're not just talking a name here, or an age there. We're talking major plot items that fly in the face of Mass Effect Lore. That's a rewrite.

Fix the description of Voluses without their gas mask on? Easy.

Justify why the Quarians give away a spaceship? Maybe an extra paragraph, with dialog.

Explain how you "go down to Omega" (from Omega) when Omega is a station on an asteroid? Now we gotta figure out where he goes instead.

Resolve the age discrepancies of main characters while still fitting into the outside timeline? Hmm....

Change the xenophobic viewpoint for a main character? Now all of his actions have to be looked at.

I didn't even read the thing and the doc gives me chills.