Miranda’s famous butt close-ups from Mass Effect 2 and 3 will be changed in Mass Effect Legendary Edition. In an interview with Metro UK, Project Director Mac Walters talked about how the team felt they could recontextualize certain characters’ profiles with simple fixes, like changing camera angles.
Mass Effect is still a rated game for people over 17, and the team is not changing anything about the story or redoing character models. It will still have all the alien (and human) sex and romance scenes you expect. But adjusting the camera angles’ focus was important during certain scenes to recontextualize the conversations and character development that take place at those times, rather than focusing on lusting after a character’s ass.
‘I do think a lot of things have evolved since [the original games], but I don’t know if I would say we were ultra-concerned about it or anything like that, but there were considerations,’ admits Walters.
‘Kevin actually called out some camera cuts that were just… why was that focusing on Miranda’s butt? So in some cases, we said, ‘Okay, we can make a change there.’ But ultimately, to change an entire character model or something like that wasn’t really… it was a decision that was made as part of many creative decisions, and just showing it at the best possible fidelity that we could going forward is really the choice for all of the art that we had.‘
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be released on May 14 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will have all but one DLC.