I too was a fan of Maya, played her 300 hours in BL2, was really happy to see her return and was hyped by BL3 marketing.
I understand that Maya’s death was needed for the story, and keeping her alive would have be weird in the scenario, but the way it was done is really frustrating for me.
It’s likely that Maya had a premonition of Aya being really important as a Sirene and new she would inherit from her, the “be ready” confirms that for me. Ava’s destiny is to save the universe, Maya’s destiny was to teach Ava. The story is consistent, but for the first time I’m more frustrated than sad.
Since I know that we’ll have to deal with her legacy aka Ava I really think I’ll quit Borderlands games because it reminds me of the frustration of “loosing” Maya for this.
I encourage people to play the game become it’s a really good game, I even argued to someone who saw that Maya would be killed and refused to buy the game, that he should still buy and play it to have a better understanding of what happens because there is more to the game than that (plus he didn’t play Maya that much).
I don’t quit to show a message, hoping that Maya will return (I know it’s not possible and wouldn’t be good for the story) but because my behaviour is bad.
People like me who can’t go over the grief of Maya’s death shouldn’t hate the writters and the game like that, it’s us who are wrong to have so much feelings about a fictional character.
I really couldn’t believe how much I was affected by it at the point of feeling strong disgust towards the game and its creators at first, and I think the one’s to blame is me, reacting like a child because I felt hurt and frustrated by something which shouldn’t affect me that much, which I think is unhealthy.
I just hope that games creator wont react badly to people complaining, because it’s bad for the games.
They should understand people concern and be more diplomatic. When you sell something, the best way to defend your product isn’t to attack people who criticize it (even when they express thelmselve really badly) , but to stay positive and not trying to upset people who invested feelings in it.
Edit: sorry for this wall of text, I just didn’t like people getting angry toward each others on this subject.