The author of Mass Effect was ‘surprised’ by Garrus’ demand for romance
Mass Effect developer BioWare never intended to turn the beloved Garrus into a romance option in the second game, and was “blinded” when fans requested it.
In one “Ask Me Anything” on RedditMass Effect writer Drew Karpyshyn was asked if the BioWare team had always intended to bring Garrus and Tali back for a second game, or if it was decided later as a positive player response to them.
“We always knew they would come back as companions,” says Karpyshyn. “I’m a bit surprised that fans want romantic options. I can see Tali. You’ve never seen her face, so it’s easy to imagine something vague as that. human (but she has those weird legs). Garrus covered my eyes,” he added. “But once we saw what the fans wanted, we decided to deliver.”
Although Mass Effect 2 was released more than a decade ago in 2010, conversations around the game were rekindled last year when the trilogy was released in a package like Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.
BioWare also revealed more about the game’s fifth game recently, and revealed earlier in July that the writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Deus Ex prequels Mary DeMarle has joined the team as its senior narrative director.
Mass Effect 5, for lack of an official title, being “actively tested” as of February 2022 and first announced in December 2021. BioWare is also released a new teaser image that includes some secrets let the fans decipher and then force solve (and deny) an obvious leak that suggests that the original protagonist Commander Shepard will return in the new game.
Ryan Dinsdale is a freelancer on IGN who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He would talk about The Witcher all day.