Update: A recent datamine has revealed all the romanceable characters as well as their sexual preferences. The original story follows below.
Orignal Story: In the Mass Effect series, players can engage in romance with one of its characters other than shooting villains for the greater good or exploring the universe. Players are already asking the developers about the pursuable characters in Mass Effect Andromeda. Here’s what we know about all the characters that are part of the Mass Effect Andromeda romance system.
“Square, Crew and Light Romances”
After the reveals of the Ryder’s squadmates, Mass Effect fans have speculated which of them can be romantically pursued in their playthrough. In Gameinformer’s interview with Mass Effect Andromeda creative director Mac Walters, he confirmed that there are pursuable “squad, crew and light romances” in this title. However, Walters didn’t confirm how many romantic routes are there.
Seemingly confirmed as romanceable characters are Liam, Cora, Peebee, and Vetra Nyx. Meanwhile, Tempest crew members like Dr. Lexi T. Perro, Gil Brodie, and Suvi Anwar could be potential love interests for Ryder, though it’s still unconfirmed if Ryder can have sex with them. As for the light romances, players will have to try hanging out with any interesting NPCs if they can have a relationship with them.
Walters also confirmed that Mass Effect Andromeda will feature real-life romance scenarios among some of its characters. Usually, players can pursue a character by repeatedly spending time with them and saying the right words to make them fall in love. Sometimes, just spending time with them even without showing any interest will put you on the romance route with them. Mass Effect Andromeda will introduce deeper and complex relationships than that.
Some characters have different views when pursuing a relationship with Ryder. Some can be monogamous and others won’t mind. Romantic partners will also say if they’re into short-term or long-term relationships. Additionally, some characters also have sexual preferences which the players need to match to successfully pursue them. Players can also romance characters of another alien race which can be pursued by either player gender. The romantic interests will assert their preferences to the player which can result in some character drama and decisive moments in the playthrough.
According to Ian Frazier’s Twitter post, the lead designer confirmed that there are still more romantic routes to pursue after the early access cutoff. Previously, EA confirmed that a 10-hour Mass Effect Andromeda early access playthrough will be available for Origin Access subscribers this March 16. The single player progression in this early access is limited, but players can progress on the multiplayer mode as much as they want.
For now, players will have to wait until the full release on March 21 to fully map out the Mass Effect Andromeda romance choices out there. More than romantic gestures and conversations, players will also have access to some sex scenes later in their relationships. Stay updated with more Mass Effect Andromeda news here on TheBitBag.