BioWare apologises about the way they represented a trans character in Mass Effect: Andromeda

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The makers of Mass Effect have apologised for a lack of proper trans representation in the latest edition, as the fans started to complain about Hainly Abrmas, a scientific director who explains her former name to Ryder, the one she does not even know. Sam Greer wrote of the interaction: “It feels forced, as if BioWare had to tick off ‘trans character’ on some checklist.”And BioWare, which makes the series, has responded to say it agrees and will change the interaction in an upcoming patch. “At BioWare we strive to make games that are representative of our players and the broader world around us. We do this by actively consulting with our diverse workforce, as well as speaking with different communities,” the developer told Eurogamer, “In Mass Effect: Andromeda, one of our non-player characters, Hainly Abrams, was not included in a caring or thoughtful way. We apologise to anyone who interacted with or was hurt by this conversation. This was never our intent, and was an unfortunate byproduct of the iterative process of game design and a change in the structure of the character’s dialogue.” The developer added that they are not going to offend any categories of people and they wish to move the diversity forward in the game, asking the players to give Hainly a chance – she will develop relationships with Ryder to open up to him in full if she is allowed to do so, the developer promised.

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