Mass Effect to explore the vast unknown of space. Some play Mass Effect to immerse themselves in BioWare's wondrous tales. And some play #MassEffect to make sweet, sweet love to space babes and/or bambinos.
We don't know much about Mass Effect: Andromeda's story content yet, but thanks to Producer Mike Gamble and Twitter users at large, we do know there will be a plethora of babes and/or bambinos to bang and the banging will be good.
This is the best news.
Midriff asari? Would bang.
Halo-head? Would bang.
Spaceship? Would bang.
Myself? Would bang.
In all seriousness, this news genuinely is notable with BioWare games in mind. Romance has long been one of the tools BioWare uses to forge a connection between the player and its cast of characters -- and it has worked, given the fandom associated with the many romanceable characters in BioWare's titles. However, the "romance" plotlines all tend to be one note affairs, all playing out in a similar fashion. In the worst cases, very little changes about your interactions with a character at all beyond a surprise proposition before you waltz up to the final boss.
Creative Director Mac Walters commented on this in an interview with IGN back at E3 2016:
In the past we’ve been very, eh, I’d say somewhat formulaic in the way we presented them. We’re trying to look at more organic ways to have those relationships evolve. Aaryn [Flynn] talked on stage today about offering more freedom to players than ever before, and that includes areas like this as well -- how you engage in those types of relationships and the gating around them throughout the timeline of the story.
Dragon Age: Inquisition didn't completely break the mold for BioWare romance, but the sex scenes, at least, held more differentiation than the typical BioWare title. In earlier Mass Effect games, the sex scenes could've easily swapped one character model for any other. The sex itself held little emotion or characterization. In Inquisition, you can sure bet a sex scene with the elven take-nothing-seriously goofball Sera played out quite differently from an encounter with, for example, the BDSM-loving Iron Bull. (Would bang, by the way.)
If Andromeda aims to explore relationships even further -- sexually or otherwise -- that's a big step forward in what is, let's be honest, already one of the franchise's appealing elements. Even if space scandal isn't your thing, BioWare improving on its characterization of your supporting cast can only be considered a positive. Space is a lonely place. You want to make friends along the way.
You'll be able to bang your way across Andromeda when Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on March 21.
Don't lie. You'd bang your spaceship too, right?
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