Bioware is currently in hot waters over Mass Effect Andromeda’s terrible animations. The community backlash was pretty intense and an author added fuel to the fire when he pointed out that Mass Effect Andromeda’s lead animator is a woman hired due to her celebrity status as a cosplayer.
Gamergate sirens went off and everyone started attacking Allie Rose-Marie Leost. However, Bioware came to the rescue and confirmed that she is not only an ex-employee but she is “misidentified” as the lead member of the team.
Bioware shared the following statement on its official Twitter feed.
— BioWare (@bioware) March 18, 2017
Allie Rose-Marie Leost claimed she is in the lead on a number of occasions, clearly, one party is lying.
There are so many people who currently believe that Bioware is lying for face-saving. But no matter what the truth is, the bottom line is that the game is not in a good shape. Facial animations are horrible and we have seen far better work in other Mass Effect games.
Still, this does justify the attacks on Allie Rose-Marie Leost.
The Witcher 3 had amazing facial animations which came from a small team of developers. Meanwhile, a company with deep pockets and a massive team brought us amateur work.
Mass Effect Andromeda is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately, there are also a number of issues with optimization as players are experiencing black screens, crashes and more. Thankfully, these aren’t widespread issues but will a large part of the community is facing problems.
There is a day-one patch available right now that deals with some of the problems but we need more updates. Bioware will bring more improvements to the game in the future, hopefully, some to the facial animations as well.