BioWare Responds To GamerGate Rants About Mass Effect: Andromeda Facial Animations

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Bioware has come out to defend a former EA employee who had been the victim of an online harassment campaign directed. She was apparently blamed for being the reason behind the poor animations in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The studio published the following statement:

It indirectly denies a recent claim, made by Ethan Ralph, that the “lead facial animator” at Electronic Arts’ Montréal studio is a woman who landed the role only because of her fame as a cosplayer. BioWare has denied the claims of her being in a position of leadership, or whether she currently works at the studio.

Ralph’s post stirred up an online campaign against the woman in question Allie Rose-Marie Leost. His post included a screenshot of her Twitter page which said she was the “lead facial animator for Mass Effect: Andromeda.” It has been changed since then.  Mass Effect received heavy criticism in the preview window for its poor character animations. Even worse news is that none of these issues are expected to be patched before launch.

Leost who is also a cosplayer has apparently deleted her Facebook page following the entire scandal. Ralph meanwhile is a prominent leader of GamerGate through his site, The Ralph Retort.

Meanwhile journalist Brad Glasgow also rushed to the defense of Leost and condemned the blaming of her for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s shortcomings.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

It releases on 21st March 2017.

What are your thoughts on the entire controversy? Let us know in the comments section below.

  • Brad Davis

    And shows what shoddy journalism you do, Alejandro, when you say “Ralph is a leader of Gamergate”. Gamergate HAS no leader… not Ralph, not Milo, no one; it is purposefully leaderless.

    While what happened to Leost is deplorable, it was not Gamergate related in the least. We get it, you have to peddle the false narrative that GG is a hate group because your left-wing shepherds told you that and instead of even doing a cursory bit of research (you know, that thing your SUPPOSED to do when you call yourself a journalist) you just happily went “baah” like the good little indoctrinated sheep you are.

  • finnewar

    EA and Bioware is dead to me!