Mass Effect Remake Fixes A Character's Race

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For over 13 years, there has been a character in the original Mass Effect who was, well, the wrong race. An oversight the series’ new remasters has finally been able to fix.

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As Eurogamer points out, since 2007 the minor character Elanos Haliat has looked human, but was also a character who led an attack on a human colony and said mean things about Shepard being a human Spectre, leading fans to assume that he wasn’t supposed to be depicted as human, with his appearance being either an oversight or a bug.

Turns out they were right. In Legendary Edition’s version of Mass Effect, Haliat is shown to be a Taurian, which makes a lot more sense!

Up top is the 2007 version of Mass Effect, while below is the 2021 remaster.
Up top is the 2007 version of Mass Effect, while below is the 2021 remaster.
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The discovery comes a day after folks found that Tali’s face, another weird little character-based inconsistency, has also been fixed in the Legendary Edition. It’s nice that in addition to the general remaster business, BioWare also went in and made little changes/fixes like this!

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

DISCUSSION

akrizak
Alexander Krizak

Because of the title, I thought this was going to be a case of some character voiced by a POC who was white in the original Mass Effect but fixed here. We really need to stop using the word “race” in sci-fi and fantasy settings where we’re actually referring to completely different species.