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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s shaky animation highlighted on official account for some reason

Ben Kuchera
 

It’s a bold strategy, Cotton An extensive trailer for the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda was shown during The Game Awards in early December and, while the overall reaction was positive, fans and snarky commenters picked out some questionable facial animation on the part of one of the leads. “There were a few moments during the dialogue section that seemed a bit off, especially if you pay attention to some of the facial animations,” The Mary Sue reported last month. “Ryder’s face doesn’t seem to express or change too much, especially as she steals the bodyguard’s gun from him. I realize this is almost assuredly still a somewhat early build of the game, and it should be shaken out by launch, but it definitely stood out to me here. ” So why the hell would EA highlight that exact moment in a tweet from yesterday?

In a trailer full of moments that landed so well, why market your game using the one that fell with a thud? "Drop it, now! ""You first. "https://t. co/McRrXSdXJX pic.

twitter. com/FdJPhw4LjZ— Mass Effect (@masseffect) January 3, 2017 The tweet didn’t seem to be picked up any more or less than most of the tweets on the game’s social media account, but it’s still strange to see such a light “controversy” be given new life by a game’s own marketing. Bioware’s own general manager tweeted within an hour to help allay some of the fears fans may have about the animation. Sara Ryder is awesome. Strong, funny, and adventurous.

Sorry there's a facial performance bug that lets her down here. We'll improve it https://t. co/esUaI4aFTJ— Aaryn Flynn (@AarynFlynn) January 3, 2017 What’s fascinating about this whole situation is that, until these tweets took place, I had no idea there were people out there who were unhappy with the animation. But those involved with the game can’t seem to help repeatedly calling attention to it. Other people feel the same way about the latest wave of publicity, and Flynn responded to them as well.

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