Mass Effect Tie-In Novel Causing Anger In Fans


By: Stephen Crane

Mass Effect fans are pretty unhappy. The most recent tie-in novel for the franchise, Mass Effect: Deception is troublesome, not because of how it was written, but because of the facts it got wrong. These aren't just basic fact, but world-breaking story points that make the book very unlikely in the universe we have seen in two games, five comic books, and three other novels.

So what was so bad in the novel? Well according to this list, plenty of things. Among them, characters working for the Council after they quit, the shape of the Citadel, character ages, and one character who found out Cerberus killed her daughter, then vows to never work for them again despite the fact that later in the established timeline she is seen still working for Cerberus.In other words, this book invalidates much of the timeline and makes many of the tie-ins impossible or improbable.

The community's response was to compile the list linked to above and create an open letter on the Mass Effect Wikia. It's a reasonably written letter that isn't asking for BioWare to stop the novel from publishing. Instead, the Mass Effect Wiki Community only wants the novel to not be considered a part of the offical ME canon.

Canon is one of those tricky things in any franchise. Give fans enough time, and enough information, and they will start wanting to add their own creative voices to the community. Further, in many ways the fans are the true historians of a franchise's lore. It's not uncommon for a writer to consult the community to check plot points.

That also creates unique challenges for anyone trying to officially expand upon canon. There will be community backlash for things like midichlorians, or Hayden Christensen showing up in Jedi, or Greedo shooting first. Those things may not seem important to the original creator, but in the end the smallest points mean a lot to the fans.

The best thing BioWare can do right now is just say that no, the book does not count towards canon. If they remain silent, the fans will certainly remember, although it certainly won't be quite the canon disaster as what happened with Star Wars canon. The author of Mass Effect: Deception may not appreciate such a move, but ultimately it may be the best for the franchise.


About Stephen Crane

Stephen was hooked by the NES at a very young age and never looked back. He games on a daily basis and is currently trying to climb his way up the ranked ladder on League of Legends! Outside of the video game world he actually likes running and owns a rapidly growing collection of toed shoes. Stephen Crane is the owner of Armed Gamer.

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