‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ Release Date, News & Update: Gameplay Trailer Sparks Facial Animation Concerns; More Details Revealed

By Jackie Villegas , Updated Dec 05, 2016 12:02 PM EST
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"Mass Effect: Andromeda" fans have expressed concern over the quality of the facial animation and lip-synching in the recently released gameplay trailer for the highly anticipated video game. Fortunately, the developers behind the action role-playing third-person shooter were quick to confirm that what was shown in the trailer wasn't the final product and that they will continue to work on the animation "all the way to the end."

While the response to the new trailer was mostly positive, there were fans who noticed that the facial animation and the lip synching were a bit "off" and wondered if these would still be fixed before the game is released. Three of the top "Mass Effect: Andromeda" developers responded to fan queries on Twitter, assuring them that the game is still being polished.

"We'll be polishing the game until they take it from our cold, dead hands," "Mass Effect: Andromeda" lead designer Mac Walters wrote on Twitter. "[W]e will continue to polish until someone comes and rips it from us. Because we <3 you," producer Michael Gamble added.

BioWare general manager Aaron Flynn also responded to fans, writing: "Gets worked on all the way to the end. But remember, those faces are customizable, not just actor scans." Flynn presented and narrated the official gameplay trailer for "Mass Effect: Andromeda," which debuted during The Game Awards on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Meanwhile, the 4K gameplay trailer for "Mass Effect: Andromeda," which has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on YouTube, introduces two new alien squadmates: the krogan Drack and the turian Vetra. It also shows off the Nomad vehicle, character interaction, combat, and resource collection.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" is the successor to "Mass Effect 3," which was released back in 2012. It is expected to drop sometime in Q1 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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