Why did BioWare Reveal their Female Protagonist first?

Why did BioWare Reveal their Female Protagonist first?

BioWare didn’t show much about Mass Effect Andromeda at E3 2016, but one thing which it revealed is that you can play the game as either male or female. The trailer showcased the female protagonist though.

BioWare has answered why they showed the only female protagonist in this video. Here is why:

“When we debuted male Shepard back in 2006 [for Mass Effect], 10 years ago, it was a time when we drew inspiration from traditional entertainment marketing,” BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn told Eurogamer. “So: ‘We need a iconic main character. We need an iconic everything else.'”

“But I think the whole industry, us included, have moved beyond that,” he added. “Our games let you choose your main character, I think everyone gets that nowadays. You don’t need to see a character to identify with, in the same way you might on a movie poster. People want to create their own characters, customize them, and we’re embracing that.”

MassEffectAndromedaBut will female Ryder be featured on Andromeda’s box art?. Asked if Andromeda’s cover might include a gender-neutral silhouette of the chief part (like the Dragon Age Inquisition did), Flynn said, “We’re staying down that path.”

Andromeda was originally scheduled to come out in 2016, but in May, BioWare announced that the game is now arriving in “Early 2017.” The game was delayed “to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be,” BioWare said at the time.

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  • Rohit Singh Chauhan

    Truly one of my favorite games of this genre! The episodic story telling and dark but beautifully done story telling and downright gorgeous graphics, it had everything to quench the thirst for a proper RE4-ish true survival horror title.

  • Rohit Singh Chauhan

    Truly one of my favorite games of this genre! The episodic story telling
    and dark but beautifully created ambiance and memorable characters with downright gorgeous
    graphics to top all it off with, it had everything to quench the thirst for a proper RE4-ish
    true survival horror title.

    • Ryo Shenmue

      You clearly don’t know what a “survival horror” is since Alan Wake is 70% TPS and 30% Survival Horror. Resident Evil 4 was a survival horror even less than AW.

      • Atmadeep Banerjee

        It’s difficult to classify what Alan Wake is simply because there are very few games quite like it. I would classify it as a Psychological Thriller, Survival Horror and Third-Person Shooter. If I ruled the world, I would call it a Cinematic game, but is that a genre at all? It should be, I guess.

    • jordan jones

      great game I would say its survival thriller instead of horror

  • milwaukee

    Too bad this game went the same way as the Shenmue series: lots of people wanted it but nobody was buying it.

    • Ryo Shenmue

      Difference is, Shenmue is the best videogame ever made and Alan Wake is a “meh” game that didn’t do anything new or revolutionary. Just a mediocre TPS with a story copied by every single medium(cinema, TV, literature) on the planet and a great art direction to save the day.

      • milwaukee

        Both great games and wouldn’t call Alan Wake a mediocre game it was IMO a great innovate game just like Shenmue , both introduce great gameplay and story and to top it all great graphics. cant wait for both to come out AW2 and S3 .

  • Amith Thomas

    Amazing game :)

  • Luis

    “The best thing about the gameplay, however, is that Alan does not need to win every confrontation. In fact, Alan cannot win every confrontation.”

    That’s part of what defines a Survival game, which combined with the Horror theme makes the Survival Horror genre. Yet, I would say Alan Wake is much a Survival Horror game as it still lacks much of what defines the Survival genre, and the Horror part is more like “Soft Horror” or simply Mystery.

    So it’s really neither a Survival game nor a Horror game, which makes it not Survival Horror.

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