A Mass Effect Book So Bad, They Apologized For It

By Emily Putscher

February 6, 2012

Anyone who keeps an eye out on the video game news circuit has probably heard a lot about Mass Effect lately, what with the newest installment to the franchise coming out on March 6th and all. As such, you’ve probably heard about the explosion from the fans after reading the newest novel, entitled Mass Effect: Deception.

For those who haven’t heard, here’s a quick run-down: William Dietz, author of the novel, apparently knew nothing about Mass Effect and never bothered to learn. It seems the editors were just as clueless, and as such the book is ripe with continuity errors. Check them out, listed on this Google document. Angry fans stormed the Amazon page for the book and filled with with terrible reviews, in the typical form of internet revenge.

BioWare has apparently realized they needed to at least acknowledge the mistake, and has given an apology. Community leader Chris Priestly states

“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.”

No word on the effect this will have on Mr. Dietz’s career, though if the internet has anything to say about it we can all guess the answer.


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Emily Putscher

Originally hailing from the magical land of Delaware, Emily took a knowledge-based pilgrimage to NYC and will never go back. Known as "buttmage" to her friends, she is a cosplayer with a penchant for sarcastic females and girly men. Lives unapologetically. Loves Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, Prince of Persia. and anything with a good story.

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