It appears BioWare has got a mess in their hands just days before the release of Mass Effect Andromeda. Angry fans have apparently threatened an animator. This may be due to complaints on the game’s animation and graphics.
Mass Effect Andromeda is the newest installment in BioWare’s Mass Effect franchise. Developers have boasted new features for the release, as it is after all the first title after Mass Effect 3 in 2012. These include improved graphics, dialogue and an emphasis on character development.
Unfortunately, fans did not appear as pleased as BioWare had hoped them to be. Regardless of the positive reception on its early access reviews, the game appears to have some persistent issues. Sadly, it appears even fans have taken it to social media to express their concerns.
Mass Effect Andromeda: Threatened Animator
The news came courtesy of what appears to be a witch hunt on Twitter. Angry fans have directed their attention to a particular Allie Rose-Marie Leost, who apparently worked for Electronic Arts. According to Kotaku, Leost was attacked by various netizens on her social media accounts.
One of the messages can be seen below. However, this is just some of the hundreds more that apparently plagued Leost’s Twitter account. Those who plan on viewing the Kotaku link ought to be careful as some comments have very sensitive material.
Leost has apparently worked in EA’s motion-capture labs in Vancouver. Fans are blaming her for the new Mass Effect game’s “awkward” facial expressions. Some fans believe the attack originated after The Ralph Retort pointed at Leost as the head facial animator of Andromeda.
Animation Issues, Details
Unfortunately, BioWare is no stranger to fan complaints about some aspects of their games. Jennifer Hepler was previously harassed way back in 2006. She worked as a writer for Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age 2 and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
BioWare also had a fair share of criticisms about their games’ facial expressions. A lot of fans were disappointed in Andromeda as BioWare did not seem to “perform” as they have expected. Others fans may compare facial graphics in Andromeda to other titles like The Witcher 3, and it appears the latter had better animation.
Meanwhile, some fans may argue that other gamers may be expecting too much. It can be noticed that some BioWare titles do use the same animation scheme for their characters.
Fans can see these for themselves by the time the game launches on March 23. Players can get Mass Effect Andromeda for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. However, gamers with early access passes can pre-load the much-awaited Mass Effect title.