From the initial release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, players have been asking for some major updates to the long-awaited sci-fi RPG. In particular, long-time fans of the franchise were unhappy with character faces, both in terms of design and in terms of facial animation. Although some fixes have been put in place, it looks as though a radical change to the faces of the Asari race is not on the cards.
The news comes courtesy of Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Fernando Melo, who was asked on Twitter about whether the Asari would see some kind of change. After all, in spite of the variety of Asari faces in other Mass Effect games, most of those in Andromeda had curiously similar faces. However, Melo advised that such a fix is unlikely to happen.
“It is unlikely at this point,” said Melo, advising that there are still other fixes that are of a “higher priority” that need to be solved as of now. Although Melo did not entirely rule out changing the issue of Asari face clones, it certainly doesn’t look like this aspect of the title is going to be resolved, so those initial Mass Effect: Andromeda Asari face improvements may well be the most substantial change on this matter.
It is unlikely at this point – lots of other higher priority things still, but you never know
— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) June 8, 2017
This may well come as a disappointment to some players, as the game has been seeing steady improvements through patches since release. Most recently, an update was sent out that allowed male player characters to romance Jaal, for instance, but there’s still a sense that there is much more to be done to try and bring Andromeda to the same level as some of the previous games in the series.
Of course, it has recently been revealed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will never truly be able to reach the potential initially set of it. Early in its development cycle, it has been confirmed that the title was due to have procedurally-generated planets akin to No Man’s Sky, but the game’s troubled development caused a number of areas to be cut.
Whether future Mass Effect games follow the same path when it comes to the Asari design remains to be seen, but it seems likely that BioWare will be taking a more measured approach to the next title in the series. After all, Mass Effect is now on hiatus, meaning that it may be a long time before fans have the opportunity to play an Andromeda follow-up. Hopefully, issues both big and small will be addressed accordingly.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.