The Andromeda Initiative: 

Founded in 2176 and launched in 2185, the Andromeda Initiative is a civilian, multi-species project created to send scientists, explorers and colonists on a one-way trip to settle in the Andromeda Galaxy. With powerful benefactors lending their support, the program has grown substantially in scope since its inception. The Initiative’s ultimate goal is to establish a permanent presence on the seemingly resource-rich frontier of Andromeda, and eventually create a reliable route between it and the Milky Way Galaxy.


Asari have one of the most disappointing designs in Mass Effect series. The famous conversation in bar on Ilium makes little sense considering that they use the same model as humans, fans even theorised them having hypnotic powers. That theory is implausible for several reasons and conversation itself seems almost mocking considering that Asari are reskinned humans. I tried to make them more alien and interesting while keeping key features. They are supposed to be attractive by human standards, which I hope I achieved, and similar to turians salarians and humans. There’s not much from turians in this design because I couldn’t make a consistent and good looking whole, though the fringe is still there. I tried to give them turian hips but it looked awkward. The eyes are modified from one of the concept variants. The face and body shape is human both because of the way humans refer to them in game and to prove that it’s possible to create an attractive alien who can use human body and face animations without being completely human.

Confession:  Before, I have never felt the urge to romance more than one companion in any game, normally I tailor my characters very tightly around their relationships and vice versa, but god almighty, I really want my femShep to have a nice, healthy, polyamorous relationship with both Garrus and Liara. I don’t like the thought of modding, and I’ve never used one before, but for that, I might even relent.

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I read in an interview (can’t remember if it was game informer or an online thing, so credibility is out of the window) but, they said that all romances will be regardless of gender and species. Male and female Ryder can romance whoever. There was also an IGN thing with one of the developers who said there were a lot of romance options, so I don’t think it’s limited to the main squad. Someone named Gil, maybe even whoever Reyes is.

See, I’m a little leery of that, of the whole no restrictions on romance thing, and it’s because of how most modern games who have that feature handle it. 

For example, the only other Bioware game that had that feature was Dragon Age II, where all the romances (barring Sebastian, but he was a DLC character) were open to either Hawke.

In a lot of ways that was really great! Anyone could romance whomever they wanted without forcing themselves to play a character they weren’t comfortable with! Good stuff!
But in other ways it was not so great, because they didn’t actually frame it as the characters being bisexual.
A valid criticism of the game is that the characters were more player-sexual, almost never making any reference to multiple gender attraction outside of their interactions with Hawke. I think Isabella was the only explicitly bi/pan character in the game no matter what, and Anders is only explicitly bisexual if you play as a male hawke. So yeah, as far as actual solid representation goes? Not the greeeatest.

(Another game where this can be easily seen is Fallout 4, where any of the ramanceable are open to any pc, but very little actual text is brought up concerning bisexuality in game. This makes it easier for straight players who don’t wanna see “””gay stuff””” to just ignore it. So long as they don’t pursue a same gender romance, it’s like it doesn’t exist.) 

Obviously in the most recent Bioware title romance was handled much differently. In Inquisition each romanceable character had an established sexuality that dictated who could romance whom. There were straight characters, bi/pan characters, and gay characters.

The upside of this is some actual solid representation that the player couldn’t just avoid. Iron Bull loudly expressed attraction to both men and women, Dorian and Sera were both very open about being gay, this was all solidly expressed in text. (I don’t know if Josephine was very open about her sexuality but she is a reserved character in general so, I guess it’s all right). 

There are of course downsides to this too. Some romances are blocked off for players who feel very uncomfortable playing as a certain gender, which is never fun. So I guess both methods have their pros and cons.

I think the whole “any player can romance any character” could maybe work if they actually  put some explicit representation in there, but it would still feel sort of weird. Like where are the gay people then? do they just not exist? And then if there are gay people and we’ve established that we live in a universe with multiple sexualities (like in reality) then it’s only logical to put in straight people too. 

I dunno. It’s complicated. The only certainty is that no matter what Bioware does they’re not going to please everyone. I’m not going to be upset if there are no gender restrictions on romance, but yeah. It has some problems.