Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Andromeda filled with poor animations, no day 1 patch

Andromeda filled with poor animations, no day 1 patch

The trial gives players 10 hours of the game, allowing users to see if the latest installment in the Mass Effect franchise to see of it is a good fit for them or not.

Last week, the game's face animations came under fire after EA Access subscribers were given limited access to the much-hyped action-RPG, and a press embargo lifted for coverage of an early chunk of the game. Well, maybe it has something to do with the fact that an inexperienced cosplayer was chosen to be the "Lead Facial Animator" on this project. The issue is unlikely to be make or break for Andromeda, yet it's odd that, by comparison, the original Mass Effect NPCs seem more animated and alive. The harassment appears to have been primarily triggered by a vile blog post at Ralph Retort, a right-wing, GamerGate-tied website, that claimed Leost was the lead facial animator on Andromeda. In the midst of all this controversy lies Allie Rose-Marie Leost, a female animator at EA, who has received the majority of the backlash over Mass Effect: Andromeda's flawed facial models. Since then, this lone BioWare employee has been flooded with angry messages on social media, accusing her of being unqualified for her job, along with the usual ugly threats and misogynistic comments. She has since changed her Twitter profile and her Linkedin account states she's merely been a facial animator at EA. In the previous games they were unable to capture the environment details in such clarity that is now available due to new technologies.

But if you're anxious about stage fright and would much prefer to battle giant beasts, Koei Tecmo and Omega Force will release Toukiden 2 for the PS4 and Vita.

Mass Effect: Andromeda officially releases March 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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