BioWare promises to patch Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s gay romances. In a roadmap detailing upcoming fixes for the sci-fi RPG, the developer also says that it plans to address the coming out scene of a transgender character in the game as well.
The confirmation of these patch plans comes just a week after fans expressed huge concern about Mass Effect: Andromeda gay romances and the unfair treatment that they feel BioWare has given to same-sex romances in the game.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Gay Romance, Trans Character Patch
In a post on the game’s official website, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed that “over the next two months we’ll be rolling out additional patches which will go even deeper and look to improve several areas of the game.” This includes making “improvements to male romance options for Scott Ryder,” with the lack of more male romance options and the quality of the two already in the game being highly criticised already by fans.
Fans can also expect an upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda patch to make “Adjustments to conversations with Hainly Abrams.” Abrams is a transgender NPC that players can talk to in the game and many fans took issue with the way in which the character comes out, saying that it was both bizarre and insulting.
In the scene, which can be seen in the tweet below, Abrams explains that she embarked on the mission to the Andromeda galaxy to leave her old life behind. However, the character also immediately refers to her dead name (her pre-transition name), which many trans gamers have said is unusual as that information is highly personal and wouldn’t be shared so quickly by a transgender person, to someone who they do not know very well.
>Hey, what brought you here?
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— Lone (@lonelytiefling) March 20, 2017
As such, many LGBT gamers are happy with the conformation that BioWare will be addressing their concerns. The developer is one of few companies that consistently features LGBT characters in its games (the Dragon Age series also features LGBT characters) and so it will mean a lot to many people that it is taking its position seriously and is doing right by them. On the other hand, it’s disappointing that BioWare hasn’t disclosed the exact way that it plans to improve gay romances and the conversation with Hainly Abrams.
While Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Michael Gamble liked this tweet suggesting that BioWare plans to make (squadmate) Jaal bisexual, after fans datamined some code that suggested he was always meant to be, that’s far from an official confirmation. It’s also wishful to think that BioWare will reach out to trans gamers, consultants or LGBTQ organisations like GLAAD (which is what publishing mates Maxis did when making The Sims 4 more inclusive with gender) as it edits the Abrams dialogue.
The developer has two months to explain that though, so fingers crossed that it will successfully be inclusive the second time around.