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:
— BioWare (@bioware) March 18, 2017
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.
This is a really crappy thing to do. There is no reason to single out someone at BioWare because you don't like their work. pic.twitter.com/FzOFBblZ82
— Brad Glasgow (@Brad_Glasgow) March 18, 2017
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.
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