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Bioware explains those icky Mass Effect screens


The other day we posted about new Mass Effect screenshots hitting the intertubes and some of you noticed that they weren't all that pretty. Honestly, when we posted them we didn't notice the obvious lack of prettiness factor that Mass Effect has come to epitomize and therefore didn't touch on it. Anyway, you guys weren't the only ones to notice the degrade in quality, because CVG ran a story about all the ugliness. And today CVG got a response from Bioware agreeing that these screenshots are fugly, but having an answer to why they are in an explanation that goes a little like this;

"The whole truth of the matter is that the person at BioWare who took those screenshots made a mistake. People in our industry don't admit this much, but we do make mistakes. The person took those screens at the last minute as they were needed for the article. He did take them in game from areas of the game that worked and then he sent them off... He didn't clear them with Casey and the ME team though."

Indeed, those screenshots came from the game, but came from an unfinished non-representative portion of the final gameplay. Which, we might say, is quite comforting. So, in response to all this talk, Bioware released another Mass Effect screenshot representative of the actual game as seen above. Great communication and transparency of the development process always clears things up, thanks for the honesty Bioware.

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DjDATZ1

4-04-2007 @ 2:15PM

DjDATZ said...

Chris Priestly postin this thread regarding the quality of the pictures on Gamespot, in the official Mass Effect forums after the screens were released:

http://masseffect.bioware.com/forums/viewtopic.html?topic=557462&forum=104&highlight=gamespot

He basically said the same thing.

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DjDATZ2

4-04-2007 @ 2:19PM

DjDATZ said...

*posted in

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Silver R. Wolfe3

4-04-2007 @ 2:37PM

Silver R. Wolfe said...

Sounds like using this guy as a scapegoat.

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Grindstone4

4-04-2007 @ 2:51PM

Grindstone said...

I doubt that Silver, because BioWare typically makes quality games. In this case, I think we can take their word for it. Besides, even if it weren't so, you know the back-lash from the online screaming gamers would vilify the above response once the game is released. So if it is a lie, and said person is a scapegoat, then BioWare is setting themselves up for a huge negativity campaign after the game launches.

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CRASHLOCK5

4-04-2007 @ 2:52PM

CRASHLOCK said...

You know, I thought they looked strange. They lacked some lighting effects, bump maps and and textures but thought that it wasn't worth knocking them for, because maybe they we meant to show the in-development side of the game. The game looks totally mouth watering. Can't wait :)

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Ryan6

4-04-2007 @ 3:38PM

Ryan said...

That was his response to the screens posted in a Gamespy interview.

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Triforceowner7

4-04-2007 @ 7:50PM

Triforceowner said...

Somehow I knew it...

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