Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Michael Gamble has responded to criticisms about the game's animation. The developer has tweeted that the team appreciates the "critiques" and the "memes" about the game, referring to the fact that many players had begun to poke fun at 'awkward' and 'weird' facial animations that gave characters odd expressions. Players also pointed to unnatural walking animations for some of the characters too.
Gamble seems to be taking the reaction in good stride, saying that he will be "very happy" to see how people enjoy the game after the 10 hour mark - which is as long as the Mass Effect: Andromeda EA Access trial lasts. In an earlier tweet, the producer also noted that he "can't wait" for everyone to "dig deep" into the game's story as Gamble personally feels that this is where the "best reward" lies.
We appreciate the critiques (and memes!), but I am very happy to see how much y'all like the game after 10 hours...and...it gets even better— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) March 16, 2017
I can't wait for everyone to dig deep into MEA and spend hours in the story. Personally that's where I find the best reward— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) March 16, 2017
In reaction to Gamble's tweets, it seems that many players agree. The upcoming space RPG has a lot to offer players from its romance gameplay, to its weapon crafting and a brand new galaxy to explore. It also offers new alien species, plenty of new squadmates to befriend and an entirely new ship to take to the skies as well. Many feel that some bizarre facial animations don't detract from what could be an excellent, engrossing experience and that they are merely a few drops in the Andromeda bucket, so to speak.
Others though, are a little disappointed that BioWare isn't taking the criticisms more seriously. After BioWare said it would keep polishing facial animations after similar concerns were raised by fans last year, there was hope that everything would be ironed out and would look smooth by the time the game was set to release. Clearly a few issues were left in and some are upset that things aren't perfect.
That disappointment is somewhat understandable given the hype surrounding the game. Mass Effect: Andromeda is the first Mass Effect game to be made for current-gen consoles after all, and it has seen BioWare make several changes after Mass Effect 3, the previous divisive release in the franchise. But whether Andromeda deserves to be entirely written off because of some weird animations - before many have had a chance to experience more of the game and the first reviews have rolled in - is another question entirely.
Mass Effect: Andromeda releases on March 21, 2017, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.