Mass Effect Andromeda: Less Effective Representation

Mass Effect Andromeda showcased its explosive launch trailer two weeks ago and, with crossed fingers, I prayed to see Sara starring as the PC [player character].

Alas, my hopes were dashed when incomes Scott, who has apparently become the face of Andromeda.

I wasn’t the only one who was disappointed. A lot of fans were left feeling cheated. Not only did we see the classic white male in two of the trailers, but it was a straight white male. Nothing against straight white men but Bioware has been proud of its equal representation in its games and yet they have never actually shown any same sex romances in any trailer (though that might change in Sara’s apparent launch trailer).

If we really wanted to get into it, Bioware hasn’t even featured a black PC in any game trailers, Dragon Age included; which is arguably one of the better series for representation in terms of advertising.

Credit: thxchampagne and ariatlaok

Credit: thxchampagne and ariatlaok

Don’t get me wrong: the launch trailer was absolutely stunning and – despite comments disregarding the music – I found Human by Rag’n’Bone Man to be an excellent song choice. I’ve also got nothing wrong with them showcasing Scott. This is, after all, a game where you can decide your character’s gender, looks, and sexuality in whatever way you want.

It’s just a little disappointing to see yet another trailer with Scott as the PC instead of Sara. In the entire Mass Effect trilogy, we were only gifted with one launch trailer of Jane Shepard. When Andromeda was initially announced and we first saw Sara, I had hoped maybe we would finally get an equal amount of trailers for both genders.

Michael Gamble, producer of Mass Effect Andromeda, promised a trailer of Sara after the first of Scott. However, over the months leading up to the launch date, Sara only featured in a few of gameplay videos. Many fans expressed their fears that these were the trailers Gamble was referring to.

These fears were confirmed when Scott was star of the final trailer.

Fans were assured that an alternative Sara launch trailer was on its way. Well, we waited… and are still waiting. If there was any time to release the launch trailer, it should have been last Friday [17th of March], which was exactly a week after Scott’s. This isn’t on. How were Bioware’s Dragon Age Inquisition team able to create an equal amount of trailers while Mass Effect’s team can’t? Seriously, what’s the harm?

If there was indeed a Sara Ryder trailer already made then why haven’t we seen it sooner? Why wasn’t it launched alongside her twin’s? Wouldn’t that make more sense?

This may simply be a lot of whining but enough is enough. Bring on equal representation. Neither Sara or Scott are default or alternative PCs. They’re both options.

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