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Mass Effect: Andromeda allows for even more same-sex relationships

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And it’s about time.

BioWare is to add another male romance option for Scott Ryder in their latest patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The game was criticised by fans for its lack of choice in same-sex partners for the male character Ryder, and for the fact its straight and lesbian scenes were far more explicit.

Jaal, a member of the Angara race, will now be open for romancing by the male Ryder.

In a statement, Bioware said: “It seemed only natural that Scott could have a relationship with Jaal,” given the species’ fluid view of gender.

They added: “We understand that a character’s orientation is an important part of what makes them feel real.

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“The relationships with your crew are some of the most loved and cherished parts of our games, so we wanted to make sure we got it right.

“We consulted with members of the LGBTQ community, both externally and within our own studios.

“After carefully considering all feedback, we decided this was an important change to make, and one that made sense for Jaal, Scott, and the Angara.

“Our writing, editing, and animation teams worked together to ensure this change made sense for Jaal’s character, and the result is a relationship we hope feels as fulfilling and memorable for Scott as it does for Sara.”

The patch also changes the Matchmaker achievement, and allows player to unlock it even if they if they have their character pursue same-sex relationships.

Words Matt Moore

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