BioWare Apologizes for Misrepresentation of Trans Character Hainly Abrams; Provides Upcoming Changes
Following feedback and critiques from fans BioWare has addressed and apologized for the misrepresentation of an NPC character and outlined upcoming changes.
Following its release at the end of last month, BioWare’s long-awaited Mass Effect: Andromeda was met with some middling reception due to a variety of technical and graphical issues that BioWare is seeking to update in the next few months, while another change may be coming in the form of the representation of one of its characters, Hainly Abrams.
In a tweet, BioWare provided a statement on the character Hainly Abrams, an NPC in Mass Effect: Andromeda that identifies as a transgender female, and who received some criticism by fans for the representation of the character and her identity.
Specifically, BioWare stated that Hainly Abrams was “not included in a caring or thoughtful way” in regard to the character’s representation, with the company apologizing to those “who interacted with or was hurt by this conversation.”
BioWare, however, outlined that the company will work to revise the way that players interact with the character after “several discussions with members of the transgender community, both internally at BioWare and in the broader community.” The updates planned include revisions to the dialogue and options for players interacting with Hainly, with her character only to “reveal certain information to Ryder after they have developed trust, and only if the player chooses to support her.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda is available now for PS4, Xbox One, and PC – the full statement from BioWare regarding Hainly Abrams and the upcoming changes to the way players interact with her character can be found below:
Regarding Hainly Abrams: pic.twitter.com/nFpUKihqOj
— BioWare (@bioware) April 5, 2017