BioWare Changed Jack’s Sexuality To Avoid Controversy

Mass Effect 2

Have you ever felt like there was something missing from Mass Effect 2 – perhaps a romance scene between female Commander Shepard and Jack? If you – for some reason – was what you were thinking of, you’ve won. Apparently, the tattooed biotic companion was meant to be pansexual.

During an interview with The Gamer, ME 2 writer, Brian Kindregan, divulged that Jack, who had mentioned several times that she’s been with non-male partners, was meant to have a romance scene with fem Shepard. But, what caused them to pull the reigns a bit was the reception from mainstream media, in particular Fox News, which criticized it for its romance scenes, in particular the same-sex one.

Kindregan felt that Mass Effect 2 was unfairly targeted by Fox and played around with the thought that more people thought the way the panel felt at the time.

“Mass Effect had been pretty heavily and really unfairly criticized in the US by Fox News, which at the time… maybe more people in the world thought that there was a connection between reality and what gets discussed on Fox News.”

The team, despite being made up of “pretty progressive, open-minded” people, decided to play it safe and ax the second same-sex romance.

“The development team of Mass Effect 2 was a pretty progressive, open-minded team, but I think there was a concern at pretty high levels that if [the first] Mass Effect, which only had one gay relationship, Liara – which on paper was technically not a gay relationship because she was from a mono-gendered species – I think there was a concern that if that had drawn fire, that Mass Effect 2 had to be a little bit careful.”

Kindregan also made it clear that it wasn’t BioWare’s explicit fault and while he didn’t agree with the sexuality change, he understood why it happened as they didn’t want another major controversy on their hands at the time.

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