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The latest patch to Mass Effect: Andromeda will impact one of the most talked-about portions of the series: relationships. Along with the usual collection of bug fixes, tweaks and the like, BioWare has announced that the male romance options will be expanded in the next patch.

Over on the BioWare blog, they've announced that the romance portion of Andromeda will receive a much-requested update once Patch 1.08 launches. In short, the male protagonist, Scott Ryder, will now be able to pursue a romantic relationship with the male character, Jaal.

According to the post, Scott did not have a same-sex squadmate available as a romantic partner in Mass Effect: Andromeda. The lack of that relationship meant that you also could not earn the in-game Achievement or Trophy for working through three romances by courting only men as a man. One of the reasons the team is changing that for Jaal is actually part of the in-game lore. In Andromeda, the angara "have expressed their fluidity in how they perceive gender," according to the post. In other words, it makes sense they would not distinguish between male or female when seeking a partner, so it didn't really make sense that Jaal would only be available to the female protagonist, Sara.

Jaal

Also, it sounds like BioWare received a lot of feedback from folks who were upset about the fact that a Jaal male-only relationship was not available. Rather than just switch things up and call it good, though, it sounds like the developer made their decision after much careful deliberation.

We understand that a character's orientation is an important part of what makes them feel real. The relationships with your crew are some of the most loved and cherished parts of our games, so we wanted to make sure we got it right. We consulted with members of the LGBTQ community, both externally and within our own studios. After carefully considering all feedback, we decided this was an important change to make, and one that made sense for Jaal, Scott, and the angara.

So if you've been playing as Scott and want to pursue Jaal as a romantic interest, you'll get to do exactly that following the next update.

Of course, relationships will not be the only portion of Andromeda receiving an update in the upcoming patch. BioWare is promising an improved character creator, as well as oodles of tweaks to both the game's single player campaign and multiplayer options.

We were bummed to hear that the Mass Effect series is being put on hold following the lukewarm reception of Andromeda, but at least updates like this one give us reason to believe the developers will continue to support the game until they feel it's nailed down and complete.

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