Mass Effect fans who fell in love with Garrus surprised the writer

A beetle-like alien in blue armor stands against a metallic background with a cartoon heart near its head.

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Drew Karpyshyn, former BioWare writer recently visited reddit for a Q&A session promoting his latest novel, Las Vegas Time Kings. The conversation, however, mostly focused on his video game work. One user was even able to tell a funny anecdote about how he reacted backstage to mass effect fans hungry for their alien allies. (h/t PC gamer)

When asked about mass effect group members Garrus Vakarian and Tali’Zorah nar Raya become love interests in Mass Effect 2Karpyshyn explained that this was not always possible. Apparently it was caught off guard by players’ romantic reactions to non-human characters, but as we now know, BioWare decided to throw lustful fans a bone with the (ahem) long-awaited sequel.

“We always knew that they would return as partners,” Karipishin said. “I was a little surprised that the fans wanted romantic options. I kind of saw Tali… her face was never visible, so it was easy to imagine something vaguely human. (But she had such weird legs!) Garrus stunned me, but once we saw what the fans wanted, we decided to do it!”

Mass Effect 2 potential xeno lovers are also included, such as the emo lizard killer Thane Krios and two blue-skinned asari, Samara and Morinth, although sleeping with the latter will result in the protagonist’s immediate death (it’s tricky). Garrus, Tali, Thane and Samara are back in Mass Effect 3 along with Liara T’Soni, the only alien mistress from the first game, and rookie Yavik, an ancient four-eyed Prothean.

It might seem funny to imagine a world where the players don’t constantly craving Garrus’ beetle-like jawsbut the Augusts seemed to be a turning point in the expression of such desires. The human race has obviously been hankering after slaughtering aliens and monsters for centuries, but in this day and age it seems like we’re all a little more comfortable letting our strange flag fly. And really, why not? The world is coming to an end, so in the meantime we can have as much harmless fun as possible.

I just hope the folks at BioWare weren’t too traumatized by the influx of lascivious nerds all those years ago.

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