Fans of BioWare's award-winning Mass Effect soap opera series have been told not to worry about a leaked script for the final game in the trilogy by the company's co-founder Ray Muzyka.
The news that a near-complete script for the last Mass Effect title, called - imaginatively enough - Mass Effect 3, had leaked out onto the internet came as a blow for fans, opening the doors as it did for ne'er-do-wells to post spoilers that would ruin the no doubt epic ending to the spacefaring trilogy.
Company founder Ray Muzyka has spoken out to reassure gamers that the series is about more than the script, even suggesting that the plot could be tweaked to deviate from the leaked script in order to avoid the possibility of spoilers.
Describing the leak as "disappointing" for the development team, Muzyka told Eurogamer: "We listen to our fans all of the time. We listen to them on the forums, their feedback from stories. We're reading it all. If we can get ideas out of it that will make the game better, sure. We're not adverse to taking feedback. That's part of our core values, is humility. Any time we get a good idea from fans... they're our audience. They keep us in business."
While Muzyka is clearly open to a few changes to the plot based on the leaked script, the very way the Mass Effect games operate could be prove the saving of the series: choices made throughout the game - and, for those following the trilogy from the start, in previous games - can have a dramatic effect on the details within the game's universe, even as the overarching plot remains static.
With one person's game proving vastly different to another's, the amount of damage a griefer - one who spoils another player's game for personal pleasure - could do is surely limited.