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Mass Effect Legendary Edition same-sex relationship mods on the way

If BioWare won't add 'em, modders sure will.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition same-sex relationship mods are on the way, and are possible because of recorded and unused audio content that remains inside the likes of Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2.

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.”

Stevivor analysed Mass Effect‘s romances back in 2017 and found options for gay males to be lacking.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is currently available on Windows PC via EA Play and Steam alongside Xbox One and PS4 (also compatible on Xbox Series S & X and PS5). We reviewed the trilogy here.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition

14 May 2021
PC PS4 Xbox One

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