Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Gamers harass woman online over Mass Effect Andromeda

Gamers harass woman online over Mass Effect Andromeda

The facial animation issues, too, will not be corrected in time for Mass Effect: Andromeda's launch, with BioWare instead stating it's too late for a day one patch addition and that the contents of future patches is yet to be determined. These aren't the kind of flaws that should be present in a triple-A game release. It seems the ship has sailed on the release date, so you may have to wait.

Over the last couple of days, Leost suffered from hundreds of abusive messages that could only be described as harassment. And while ten hours may be insufficent to judge the game as a whole, Andromeda's facial animations have come in for criticism. Some commenters on Twitter alone accused her of using her gender to get a job, while others were just downright lewd and predatory.

The torrent of abuse from online trolls ultimately forced Leost to shut down some of her social media pages.

The early trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda for EA Early Access and Origin members has certainly thrown some interesting curveballs, with the title's awkward facial animations drawing plenty of comment to say the least. "These reports are false".

A fan site posted a vitriolic rant that identified a Vancouver woman as the lead facial animator by name, charging that she had no relevant experience and was merely "an inexperienced cosplayer". Therefore, Ralph alleged that either the developer or the animator was lying. They said that she was Misidentified as being the lead animator of the game's development team, and Bioware's Aaryn Flynn has issued a statement that she (Allie Rose-Marie) is not an EA employee anymore.

As for Leost, her involvement in the game remains a mystery.

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