Mass Effect: Andromeda female protagonist Sara Ryder stars in a new, ‘alternative’ launch trailer for the game. Developer BioWare confirmed that the female Ryder sibling would get her own trailer after releasing a ‘main’ launch trailer that focused on the male Ryder sibling, Scott.
BioWare previously explained that it revealed the game’s female protagonist first to show that Mass Effect: Andromeda allows players to choose their character’s gender and to embrace players’ interest in making characters they “identify” with.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Female Protagonist Launch Trailer
In the new Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer, which comes almost two weeks after BioWare unveiled the original launch trailer (which starred Scott Ryder), female protagonist Sara Ryder is the star of the show. Viewers can catch a glimpse of the game’s Big Bad along with Sara Ryder leading her squadmates.
Additionally, it offers a look at one of the game’s romances as Jaal and Sara appear to kiss in one scene. With frustrations about Mass Effect: Andromeda gay romances already running high, as players expressed concerns that no same-sex romances have featured in the game’s trailers, some are going to raise eyebrows at BioWare’s choice of footage for the trailer.
Did you enjoy the official Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer? Stay tuned for an alternate version featuring Sara Ryder! pic.twitter.com/aBC3aByo9d
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) March 11, 2017
Some Andromeda fans will also raise eyebrows at the fact that they have been forced to wait for this version of the launch trailer at all. When the ‘alternate’ trailer was first announced, many female players in particular were upset as it seemed like an afterthought.
Although BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn tweeted that the Mass Effect: Andromeda female protagonist trailer was the “best,” the use of word “alternate” was singled out. Some may argue that it’s just semantics on fans’ part but their anger is understandable; given BioWare’s new, stated commitment to showing both the male and female protagonists in marketing material wouldn’t it have made sense to release both trailers on the same day? Or to release a trailer that featured both versions of the character?
With the majority of promotion for the game now having concluded, Flynn’s follow up tweet in which he says he wants to get the language right in future will not make an immediate difference and BioWare will now turn its attention to addressing bugs and technical issues. This includes concerns about Andromeda‘s animations and other smaller fixes that players have begun to report following the game’s release earlier this week.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.