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BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character

BioWare tweets an apology for the way the Hainly Abrams character is presented in Mass Effect: Andromeda, admitting they didn't take enough care in the crafting of the transgender crewmember. As PC Gamer notes, Hainly's backstory comes across as "ham-fisted," and the backlash has been vocal. BioWare offers this statement on plans to update the character:

At BioWare, we strive to make games that are representative of our players and the broader world around us. We do this by actively consulting within our diverse workforce, as well as speaking with different communities.

In Mass Effect: Andromeda, one of our non-player characters, Hainly Abrams, was not included in a caring or thoughtful way. We apologize to anyone who interacted with or was hurt by this conversation. This was never our intent, and was an unfortunate byproduct of the iterative process of game design and a change in the structure of the character's dialogue.

We have had several discussions with members of the transgender community, both internally at BioWare and in the broad community, and we are working to remedy this issue. Once the changes are implemented, Hainly will only reveal certain information to Ryder after they have developed trust, and only if the players chooses to support her.

As always, we appreciate the help, feedback, and support from the BioWare community.

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33. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 13:37 grudgebearer
 
Not that I care one way or another whether a character is transgendered or not, but citing ovotesticular DSD as a response isn't really helping your case

Ovotesticular DSD is the rarest disorder of sex development in humans and has an approximate incidence of less than 1/20,000. At least 500 affected individuals have been reported.
 
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