Former BioWare writer Drew Karpyshyn has revealed some of the discarded ideas that were considered for the end of the Mass Effect series.
In an interview with Toronto’s AM640 Karpyshyn revealed that one storyline that included the Reapers making use of Dark Energy, a feature that was most prominent in the first entry in the trilogy, was ultimately cut. Eurogamer reports him as saying, “Maybe the Reapers kept wiping out organic life because organics keep evolving to the state where they would use biotics and dark energy and that caused an entropic effect that would hasten the end of the universe. Being immortal beings, that’s something they wouldn’t want to see.”
In the end this, and several other versions including the idea that Shepard was an alien, were abandoned for the ending that caused so much controversy last year. One version that did make an appearance was the idea of Shepard becoming a fusion of both organic and synthetic life, though in a watered down version.
In the end though Karpyshyn acknowledges that it would have been impossible to meet everyone’s expectations by stating, “whatever we came up with, it probably wouldn’t be what people want it to be.”