[News] Mass Effect Andromeda Gay Romances Confirmed! Bioware GM Addressed LGBT Frustration

Mass Effect Andromeda Gay Romances Confirmed

In a tweet by Aaryn Flynn, it is noted that Mass Effect Andromeda gay romances have been confirmed. As Mass Effect has been a worldwide sensation and has touched the hearts of sci-fi fanatics, third-person shooter enthusiasts and experts, one may think that anything is possible in the world of Mass Effect ( given the wide-depth of space exploration, usage of state-of-the-art weaponry and a level of interaction which is quite diverse from different sci-fi games which makes the game a unique experience for people who love the Mass Effect video game and for those just learning the game).

Indeed, the goal of Mass Effect is exploring new worlds and not dying in the process; as such the game does not only explore the sci-fi and action genre but also delves with the romance genre as well.

Mass Effect Andromeda Gay Romances

There have been countless times wherein romances have been revealed in-game and even been teased on the trailers. However, fans have voiced their frustration and dissatisfaction as to the lack of romance in game, in particular the development of gay romances.Mass Effect Andromeda Gay RomancesIn response, Aaryn Flynn confirms that there will be gay romances but he cannot get any more specific before Mass Effect Andromeda’s launch but says that they are very happy with the what they have so far. He also responded to a tweet to the frustration shown by fans in regards to having no homosexual scenes for LGBT community with which he responds:

Mass Effect Andromeda Gay RomancesWith this tweet, fans have been quite thankful and appreciative to Aaryn Flynn in regards to this latest update and are very much looking forward to this development in the game. This just goes to show that Mass Effect Andromeda is open for all to play regardless of their orientation and it is a game to be looked forward to.

Mass Effect Andromeda Gay RomancesMass Effect Andromeda arrives on the Playstation 4, XBox One and PC on March 21. XBox One and PC players have a leg up on their PS4 counterparts though, because they can access a free trial for the game through the EA/Origin Access programs starting March 16.

 

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  1. I feel disappointed. With Trump in the White House, erasing LGBT people from census questionnaires, planning massive anti-LGBT religious legislation, cutting HIV/AIDS research, surrounding himself by 97% homophobic and transphobic cabinet members, appointing an Anti-LGBT activist to the Civil Rights department and his promise to appoint anti-same sex marriage SCOTUS nominees, I was looking forward to this escape and after ME:3 and ALL of the Dragon Age games I was expecting fair and equal treatment as a fan who paid the same 60 bucks as all the straights and lesbians, I mean I didn’t even question it for a second that our gay male romances would be every bit as awesome as the straight and lesbian ones. 🙁

  2. While the game has two romance scenes, they’re extremely sub par in comparison to all other love interests in the game. The two gay male options are literally just a couple of side-NPCs, one of whom doesn’t even count towards the LI trophy. On top of this, the romance scenes for these two gay characters is very low quality IMO. As they only show some kissing, with the scene quickly fading to black. While straight/lesbian scenes virtually show full on nudity, much longer scenes, etc.

    On top of this, there are no gay/bi male squad mates to romance. Which in itself is a slap in the face, as squad mates get a great deal more development of personality, depth, history, dialogue, etc. They also go along with you on missions, thus present option of including references, etc during missions to their relationship.

    So it just feels like Bioware really took a major step back with including gay male LI options. More so when they had done a magnificent job with Dragon Age: Inquisition in including Dorian and Iron Bull as love interest options.

    It’s more frustrating with how Bioware’s PR feels like they had been leading us on, saying that we’ve got great romance options, we’re very happy with everything, etc. When, now that the game is fully released, it’s highly evident that the two gay male options are literally just tokens. A couple NPCs so they can say, ‘Hey, we’ve got gay options for you!’.

    If you judge the romances by minute count, the two gay options generally count up to around 13 minutes total. While a single straight/lesbian romance will get around 40-50 minutes, if not longer.

    As a gaymer, this feels like a major let down, as I’d been looking forward to playing an actual gay character as representative of who I am. Instead, we’re slapped in the face with an absolute shoddy offering. So now I’ll have to play as a female Ryder to have any chance of an interesting, in-depth romance with a male character.

    I can only hope Bioware will learn from their screw up here and do a much better job in the next Mass Effect game. Which we’ll have to wait 4-5 years (Again.) to see if they managed to learn, or if they just repeat their same mistakes. With their screw up this time feeling all the more frustrating with the fact that ME: Andromeda is a completely new slate. There’s literally no reason they couldn’t have done a much, much better job with putting together the gay male love interests.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Josh. Hope you still find some enjoyment in the game, in spite of its glaring flaws.

      • Overall, I am loving ME: Andromeda. They’ve done great work with building out the character personalities and stories within the Andromeda universe. I’m highly curious to see just how good the movie night will be once I’ve managed to gather all of the snack items.

        While I know some people complain about the animations and how some character’s could’ve looked better. I feel the animations/characters look good to me. Bioware games are generally about the story and game play, not necessarily to look like the absolute best game out there. If folks are wanting games that look gorgeous, then linear, single player games would be more their angle.

        That isn’t to say we can’t push Bioware to strive for their best. But depending on the scale of a game, amount of options, depth, etc. It’s expected that there will be some trade offs.

        While I’m sure Bioware is hearing us gaymers in regards to our displeasure at how poorly the m/m options were executed in Andromeda. With one developer remarking that they’re looking into ways to improve everyone’s experience in ME:A, I sincerely doubt they’ll go the actual distance in crafting additional script, voice acting, adding/modifying necessary scenes and adding references to any additional squad m/m LI relationship(s) in casual banter/chat during missions. A number of LGBT gamers and straight allies may be upset with how M/M was handled in this game, we’re not numerous enough for Bioware to do anything other than simple apologies. Not like with how upset most if not the entire ME fanbase had been with ME3’s ending, that they actually were forced to make that alternate ending. Even then, it was a simple bit of animation work in putting together some pictures and doing something of a powerpoint slide presentation with some voice over. So no where near the amount of work that’d be required if they truly did want to add/modify a character or two for M/M relationships.

        Even though myself and other gaymers are used to usually being treated as second-class citizens, after thoughts by most of the game industry. It still gets to be frustrating being treated in this way, even by LGBT friendly game companies such as Bioware. When the time on a game project gets to be crunched and they need to cut something out, it feels like they have no problem cutting some potential content for Gay gamers. Such as with the original ME trilogy, and there being the rumor that Thane might’ve been bi, but that was cut due to time constraints.

        Sorry for another relative story size post. But some days a guy just wants to vent their frustrations with how society and the game industry looks down on us.

        • Nah, it’s always good to hear people’s insights. 🙂 Here’s hoping for better diversity and better games altogether.

          • Agreed! One of the primary ways of pushing for improvements in games/media-in-general is making our voice heard. So I’m hoping that, if they don’t patch or fix the M/M in Andromeda, that they’ll at least take all this criticism to heart and use it to improve in the next iteration. Though, it’d be an absolute pain to wait another 4-5 years to see if they learned from things. :/

            Hope you enjoy playing ME: Andromeda and all it has to offer! I’m still amazed with the sheer number of quests they seem to have put into it. I keep bumping into new quests to be collected and engaged with!