- A FORMER BIOWARE MEMBER SHARED THAT JACK’S SEXUALITY WAS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT Nearing 11 years after its launch, Mass Effect 2 continues to establish itself as one of the best action role-playing games in history, with an impressive legacy and a fan base awaiting the new title for the saga.
A FORMER BIOWARE MEMBER SHARED THAT JACK’S SEXUALITY WAS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT
Nearing 11 years after its launch, Mass Effect 2 continues to establish itself as one of the best action role-playing games in history, with an impressive legacy and a fan base awaiting the new title for the saga.
While it might seem like there’s nothing else to discover in Mass Effect 2, a recent interview by TheGamer site with Brian Kindregan, former BioWare writer, revealed a curious truth about Jack, also known as Subject Zero.
According to Kindregan, Jack was a character who was originally going to be presented as pansexual, but due to censorship in some media, BioWare finally decided to change his sexuality to something more conventional.
As those who played it will remember, Jack could establish an intimate relationship with the protagonist of Mass Effect, but only in the male version of John Shepard, making clear the heterosexuality of both characters.
BIOWARE HAD TO CENSOR THE GAME DUE TO MEDIA CRITICISM
‘I was trying to trace the arc of (Jack’s) romance. She was essentially pansexual for most of the development of that romance. It was in fact near the end that it became a man-woman-only romance, ‘Kindregan explained.
The former member of BioWare assured no one on the Mass Effect 2 team had a problem with Jack, but it was the top executives who decided to self-censor, after seeing that the North American media attacked the first title too much.
‘Mass Effect was severely and unfairly criticized in the United States by Fox News. The Mass Effect 2 development team was quite forward-thinking, open-minded, but I think there was concern at the top because if the first game, which only had a gay relationship (Liara), received all these criticisms, then the second should be more careful, ‘Kindregan added.
Fortunately, things have changed from 11 years to date, so we hope that situations like Jack’s will not be repeated and there will be more freedom towards sexual orientations in video games.