Mass Effect: Andromeda

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Name: Mass Effect: Andromeda
Abbreviation(s): Andromeda, MEA
Creator: BioWare
Date(s): release date: March 2017
Medium: DVD-ROM, digital download
Country of Origin: Canada
External Links: Official site
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Mass Effect: Andromeda is a single-player Roleplaying video game developed by BioWare.

Plot Summary

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, players will lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory as the Pathfinder - a leader of military-trained explorers. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival.

Characters

Squad Members

Allies

Other characters as canon romantic interests

Other characters

Common pairings

  • Scott Ryder/Jaal, Sara Ryder/Jaal
  • Scott Ryder/Reyes Vidal, Sara Ryder/Reyes Vidal

Fan Activity

The game was widely panned in the public eye and, as such, is treated defensively in the fan community. The game's relative lack of popularity relative to the original Mass Effect games means that Andromeda's content is not well-documented or accessible on platforms such as wikis or YouTube, making fanfic research comparatively more difficult.

Many fanfics on AO3 tend to reflect the personalized Ryders of the authors.

The most popular romantic pairing (on AO3) is the canonical pairing of Jaal Ama Darav and either Sara or Scott Ryder.

Crossovers with the main Mass Effect trilogy are not uncommon.

Make Jaal Bi

Soon after the games release, when all possible character romances were known, some criticized how few gay male options were available and that no alien characters, including the squad member Jaal, were among them. This brought about a movement on twitter using the #makejaalbi hashtag. Kotaku summarized the issue:

The issue, as dozens of fans have explained to me, isn’t just that there are fewer options. Many fans describe feeling tricked because BioWare had boasted ahead of release about the ample romance options available in the game, but was coy when fans asked for specifics pertaining to non-straight options. Trailers featured a male Ryder kissing women, but fans did not know what to expect when it came to queer romance options and many clearly had their hopes up.

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After the release, fans pointed to in-game code that allegedly suggests Jaal, one of the new aliens, appeared to have lines referencing a potential gay romance route: image

We can’t verify that this code actually refers to a gay romance, but things do change during development: that’s why developers often don’t talk about specifics regarding what is or isn’t going to be in a game. Still, this specific line of code was enough to inspire a hashtag on Twitter, #makeJaalBi, where tons of fans are demanding “equal opportunity” banging.[1]

Resources

Communities

Archives

Other Resources

References

  1. Underwhelming Gay Romance Options In Mass Effect: Andromeda Disappoint Many Fans