“Mass Effect Legendary Edition” Censored According to Developers
Publisher Electronic Arts finally unveiled the first official trailer for Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remastered edition of the original Mass Effect trilogy that undoubtedly hopes to wash away the bad taste left behind by Mass Effect Andromeda and Anthem.
In a recent interview with Metro, members of the MELE development team discussed their approach to updating the games for modern platforms. According to the developers, efforts are being made to smooth out the gameplay experience across all three games. These tweaks include updating animations and unifying the control scheme. The team noted that a great deal of care is being taken to respect the artistic integrity of the original trilogy… but there’s an exception.
According to Legendary Edition project director Mac Walters:
“Kevin (character and environment director Kevin Meek) actually called out some camera cuts that were just… why was that focusing on Miranda’s butt? So in some cases we said, ‘Okay, we can make a change there’. But ultimately, to change an entire character model or something like that wasn’t really… it was a decision that was made as part of many creative decisions and just showing it at the best possible fidelity that we could going forward is really the choice for all of the art that we had.”
Mass Effect was always a Mature-rated series. In addition to adult language and a healthy level of violence, the original releases of the games were heralded for pushing the boundaries of gaming at the time with interspecies/homosexual relationships and some rather steamy sex scenes. In that respect, it’s odd that something as PG (PG13 at best) as a sexy camera angle would be enough for the current development team to abandon the original vision. However, the team did mention that character designs would not be altered (i.e. EDI), and there’s not been any indication that any gameplay elements have been removed outright due to the same West Coast moral sensibilities.
In any case, it seems that the current team’s dedication to honoring the original developers’ work only goes so far. To be fair, there’s likely very few members of the original development team left at BioWare. It has been a decade since Mass Effect 3, after all.
Do these changes affect your enthusiasm for the Legendary Edition? If so, hang on to those original releases, folks.