If gay romance options was the top of your priority list as the reasons you didn’t like Mass Effect: Andromeda, oh boy will you be excited about BioWare’s latest update for the game. They detailed the patch notes over on their official website, and outlined some of the things they improved, added and fixed, with the most imperative focus being on Scott Ryder’s gay relationship with the angara, a race who looks like the smelted vulva of a cat cosplaying as a cybernetically enhanced purple kohlrabi.
The latest update for Mass Effect: Andromeda, patch 1.08, also adds new skin tones to the game – as promised by the lead developer on Twitter – and expands the character creation options to make where hairstyles for males and females are interchangeable and both males and female versions of the Ryder twins can be made bald. PC gamers were already eligible for making their characters have lighter skin tones thanks to a mod that was released to the public for Mass Effect: Andromeda.
The biggest focus of patch 1.08 for Mass Effect: Andromeda comes in the form of the gender-fluid romance option added for Scott Ryder. BioWare detailed in a blog post that they consulted with the LGBTQIA community to ensure that they did the gay romance right for Scott. They explain…
“[…] we understand that a character’s orientation is an important part of what makes them feel real. The relationships with your crew are some of the most loved and cherished parts of our games, so we wanted to make sure we got it right. We consulted with members of the LGBTQ community, both externally and within our own studios. After carefully considering all feedback, we decided this was an important change to make, and one that made sense for Jaal, Scott, and the angara.”
They mentioned previously that due to the limitations of Scott’s sexual orientation options, it prevented players who chose male Ryder from being able to complete the achievement for romancing three people in one playthrough. So for all of you trophy hounds out there, you just have to have a little backdoor barn action with Scott to fulfill your quest in being a Mass Effect: Andromeda completionist.
The rest of the patch notes center around other minor QOL features, such as Dolby Vision support on PC, vendors carrying additional weapons, and some special effects and damage being scaled properly.
Additionally, you’ll be able to alter the Ryder twins’ appearance onboard the Tempest during your playthrough if you’re unhappy with their appearance. YouTuber YongYea covers some of the issues with the character creator and the limitations of the character creator.