Fans have expressed outrage at the apparent reveal that developer BioWare used a stock photo as the basis for one of Mass Effect 3‘s main characters.
Angry gamers sent a barrage of emails to Kotaku US last night with links to the stock photo and the spoilery reveal from the action-roleplaying game, which was released there yesterday (and today in Australia) for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Warning: The photograph below contains spoilers for one of Mass Effect 3‘s characters.
The photo shows an in-game picture of Mass Effect 3 character Tali, who appeared in both previous games but has never removed the mask covering her face. Tali’s newly revealed face seems to be a modified version of a stock image by photographer Matthew Leete, which is freely available for commercial use to anybody with a Getty Images account.
“This HAS to qualify for some form of lazy art,” one gamer told us.
“Looks like more BioWare bullshit to me,” another gamer said.
We’ve contacted BioWare and publisher EA for comment and we’ll update if we hear anything.