There Will Be No FemShep Edition Of The Mass Effect Trilogy

There Will Be No FemShep Edition Of The Mass Effect Trilogy

The female version of Mass Effect hero Commander Shepard finally made it onto the cover of a Mass Effect game this year — as long as you reversed the piece of cardboard in Mass Effect 3‘s box. She even finally starred in a Mass Effect trailer, a scant five years after hordes of players started playing as her in the first Mass Effect.

But the male Shepard is back to hogging the glory.

EA’s boxart-decision-making personnel have decided to only feature male Shepard on the boxes of the newly announced Mass Effect Trilogy. A PR rep for the company confirmed as much to Kotaku today.



Some of us don’t even recognise that guy.

The three Mass Effect games allow players to choose Shepard’s gender and ethnicity. They let players fall in love/lust with male characters, female characters and/or aliens. They let you choose who wins and who dies. The games, up through the controversial end, appear to be about choice. That’s the reality of the series.

The reality of the game’s packaging? Of this ultimate collection’s public face? It’s a game about a dude.

UPDATE: A flicker of hope comes by way of the official Mass Effect Twitter feed:

There Will Be No FemShep Edition Of The Mass Effect Trilogy

In light of that tweet, it seems that there could be something FemSheppy for this new edition. We’ve dialed back our headline accordingly. It originally read: “There Will Be No FemShep Cover of the Mass Effect Trilogy”. The game’s PR rep had told us there would be no FemShep edition of the game, which I took to indicate there would be no FemShep cover. If I was too hasty, I apologize. We’ll see. As a reader below points out, to truly capture the malleability of Shepard in the series and not alienate any fans, the box of Trilogy might best not feature any visible Shepard at all.


  • I’ve always thought they should have shown both male and female Shep on the covers and had them wearing a full face helmet so you couldn’t see their face. That way you can imagine them being your Shepard.

  • Well to be fair it does have a foil overlay thing it looks like. Kinda hard to put some thing on the inside in hopes of reversing it like the ME3 cover

  • I wonder how many people would end up buying this, given that the series didn’t sell small quantities, & apart from the PS3 versions all platforms have all versions. Chances are those people who really wanted to play the first one have done-so already on another platform.

    Perhaps there’s something else in the box apart from premium packaging, all games & exclusive art work?

    Now, if they were to shoe-horn or re-work 1 & 2 into the 3 engine (not necessarily changing the gameplay too much, though I did prefer the shooting in 3) I’d be lining up to buy it.

    I wonder if they’ll finally put in controller support for the PC version…

  • What they could do is have one that changes based on light. Like the old Tazos (remember them?). They could show MaleShep and FemShep just by altering the angle or light on it.

  • Can’t stop laughing at Femsheps eyes in that picture, superior voice acting or not that’ll ruin the immersion for you.

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