After the first five minutes of full-on gameplay footage we’ve seen from Mass Effect: Andromeda last night, there were a couple of reactions. Number one, that looks rather good, yes I’ll take a piece of that Mr. Bioware. Number two, and more worryingly, the animation was just a bit off. Especially when it came to lip-sync and facial structures, it looked sub-par for the generation and didn’t compare favourably to previous games. Bioware, however, say they’re working on it.
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In fact, here’s creative director Mac Walters saying they’ll be applying polish until, well:
@FC_paragon We'll be polishing the game until they take it from our cold, dead hands.— Mac Walters (@macwalterslives) 2 December 2016
So that’s good. Producer Michael Gamble said something similar in reply to another fan:
@invisicow we will continue to polish until someone comes and rips it from us. Because we <3 you.— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) 2 December 2016
The message overall is that what we’re seeing is non-final. Spring 2017 is still the go-date, giving them up until probably the end of May to get it out with a straight face. Even then, delays wouldn't exactly be new for the game.
Interestingly, Aaron Flynn, general manager at Bioware, had a slightly different tack, explaining that customisable faces mean it’s never going to reach the animation and lip-sync of a mo-capped game like Call of Duty:
@ColSolus_616 Gets worked on all the way to the end. But remember, those faces are customizable, not just actor scans— AaryN7 FlynN7 (@AarynFlynn) 2 December 2016
While a fair point, it doesn’t really excuse the current state of things being worse than the earlier games, and Dragon Age: Inquisition, all of which had customisable characters. Hence, more work to be done. Hopefully EA don't push it out too early (or release it between two other, vastly similar games) and it gets the love it deserves to be proper excellent.