Ever since the first piece of marketing was revealed for Mass Effect, most gamers have come to associate the persona of Commander Shepard with his male representation. While not meant to be sexist in nature, this marketing choice unified gamers’ vision of Commander Shepard despite the opportunity to select either a female or male Shepard in the game.
Now, as gamers near the big push to support Mass Effect 3, BioWare has revealed that they will soon be releasing a new trailer for the game that features a female version of Commander Shepard.
To sweeten the pot even further for fans of female Shepards, BioWare has also announced that the Collector’s Edition of the game will include a collectible Mass Effect 3 tin featuring both a male and a female Shepard.
Though it has taken three iterations for this change to take place, it is good to see female versions of Commander Shepard share the limelight. Obviously BioWare’s intentions were pure when representing Shepard in their trailers, but many began to wonder why it was only one specific, male Shepard that appeared.
BioWare’s David Silverman even took to Twitter for suggestions as to how this female Commander Shepard should look – making sure fans get exactly what they have deserved all along. The overwhelming response to Silverman’s call for entries has proved that there is a large population of Mass Effect fans who have been clamoring for this opportunity, and are glad BioWare has finally listened.
When this trailer featuring the new female Shepard will release, or what this collectible tin looks like, have not yet been revealed, but, post-E3, expect at least a month for all the new promotional material to be put together.
So, as always, stick tuned to Game Rant for all things Mass Effect 3, including the first look at the new female Shepard.
Why do you think it has taken this long for promotional materials to appear featuring a female Shepard? Which Shepard do you prefer to control: a female or male version?
Mass Effect 3 releases March 6, 2012 for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.