The recent release of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has come with several revelations about the series ’history and some changes: items that were cut, some that couldn’t be restored, and small tweaks that you probably won’t even notice. One of the great discoveries was that the inclusion of certain same-sex romance options was planned during development, insofar as there was a scripted dialogue in the game files, but it did not appear in the final product.
Part of this will be reduced to the process of developing a game with this scale of selection of scripts and players: voice actors always record many more lines than are eventually used, simply because it’s much easier to have the options available than to have to go back and re-record. But, as former Bioware animator Jonathan Cooper revealed earlier this year, other elements of same-sex romance were removed from the games for much more dubious reasons.
Until you can romance with Jack as Femshep in Mass Effect 2. I animated both scenes for Man and Man. We preached to Jacob as a man / man, matching shots by shots of Brokeback Mountain. He was then told that "America is not prepared for this." Maybe it still isn’t. https://t.co/jyOSwxFwEMJanuary 26, 2021
Cooper went on to say, "We agreed with Brokeback, so it wouldn't be unacceptable: but I guess there are different rules for film and games. Personally, I still think it was a wrong call to cut, as we protested in that moment. the problem can go to fuck: they don't deserve to play our games. "
A new report on the player talks to Mass Effect modifier Ryan ‘Audemus’ Ainsworth, a renowned figure within this community, about what same-sex romance options already exist in the Legendary Edition files. Ainsworth says there are dialogues related to the characters Jack, Jacob, Kaidan, Ashley, Miranda, Thane and Tali.
“There are dialogues present for all of these characters, yes,” Ainsworth says, albeit to varying degrees: some cut-out romances, like Ashley and Kaidan’s in Mass Effect 1, are fully present. In Mass Effect 2, dialogues for unused romances are partially present, but later scenes are missing. Ainsworth provides an example of this romance between Shephard and Miranda, which restores the audio lines of the game's files.
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It's worth reading the full report and delves into some technical aspects of why the legendary edition has made it possible. But the longest is that modders can start restoring the (currently) seven same-sex romances found in the game files and, in most cases, with “official” audio to work with.
"(With) the fact that the whole voice-over of the unused same-sex romance is still present in the Legendary Edition files," says Ainsworth, "these modifications are not only on the table, but will surely be made."