If BioWare won't add 'em, modders sure will.
Since the games’ original releases, modders have found audio files in both Mass Effect and its sequel that could have been implemented to provide gay romance options for the likes of Kaidan, Jacob and Thane, and lesbian options with Jack and Tali.
Since their discovery, BioWare has confirmed that the lesbian relationship with Jack in Mass Effect 2 was cut due to pressure from the conservative Fox News, while the original Mass Effect gay romance with Kaidan was never intended.
Speaking with TheGamer, Ryan ‘Audemus’ Ainsworth criticised BioWare for past decisions and not including the cut content inside Legendary Edition.
“I think the lack of LGBT representation in the Mass Effect trilogy is quite disappointing,” Ainsworth said. “Especially since, for example, you can’t get the full Paramour achievement in Legendary Edition if you play a strictly gay male Shepard.
“I know there are petitions to get BioWare to add in those romances for Mass Effect 2 and Kaidan’s gay romance in [the first] Mass Effect, and while it’s a shame that it doesn’t look like that’s going to end up happening, I can say that with our improved Mass Effect 2 audio modding potential, plus the fact that all of the unused same-sex romance voiceover is still present in Legendary Edition’s files, these mods are not just on the table – they’re pretty much certain to be made.”
14 May 2021
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