Mass Effect is changing certain scenes for remaster

Joe Anderton
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Photo credit: BioWare
Photo credit: BioWare

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Mass Effect's beloved original trilogy is getting remastered for current systems as the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, due for release in just a few months.

We've detailed the list of changes being made to the trilogy, most of which focus on bringing the clunky first game closer to its sequels, but there is something that is being removed for the new release, and we're all for it.

Speaking to Metro's GameCentral, project director Mac Walters and character and environment designer Kevin Meek from BioWare stated that the way female characters were portrayed in the games has been updated to be a bit less male gaze-y, especially in conversations that aren't meant to be sexual in nature.

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"I do think a lot of things have evolved since [the original games]," Walters said, "but I don't know if I would say we were ultra-concerned about it or anything like that, but there were considerations.

"Kevin actually called out some camera cuts that were just… why was that focusing on Miranda's butt? So in some cases, we said, 'Okay, we can make a change there.'"

Meek also explained that they've made changes to the female version of Shepard, nicknamed FemShep, as the character originally used the same animations as the male version and it led to a few unintentional awkward moments.

"Specifically for female Shepard, I think there was a lot of things that we could do across the trilogy to make that better, so that she's a bit more on par with male Shepard," he said.

"Whether it be just some subtle face shape changes or some wrinkles or support or whatever, so she's catching the light and the same kind of quality level."

Photo credit: BioWare
Photo credit: BioWare

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Meek added: "And then specifically around the animations, we couldn't really change a lot of those, but there were times where you could change the camera to not focus on one of those animations.

"So a male Shepard animation would have him sitting with his legs quite wide open with a low camera where, if you were wearing a skirt, it would be a bit unflattering. So we can't necessarily change that animation, but you can raise that camera up slightly to reduce the problem."

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be released on May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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