Want to know what’s the fastest way to get the whole gaming world to hate you? Tell them you haven’t played Mass Effect! I really haven’t, which is something I should rectify at some stage. Yes yes, I know you all despise my very existence now, but that’s why I’m bringing you this story. It combines Mass Effect and a whole lot of feel good, which should hopefully distract you enough to let me make my hasty getaway.
According to a blog post by BioWare (via PC Gamer), they were approached by a Mass Effect fan, Jackie, who wanted their help in her marriage proposal to her partner, Amy. They were more than happy to help. The lead level designer, Colin Campbell, Writer, Ann Lemay, and QA analyst, Barrett Rodych all came on board. They decided to make a whole new level that would be a testament to the couple’s relationship.
Colin worked closely with Ann to figure out what they could build and how it might work. They wanted to ensure the level was peppered with references to the couple’s relationship so far, but they also didn’t want to give anything away before the big reveal. They also didn’t want Amy to die and have to start over, so Colin made sure there were safety nets in place that would ensure she got to the end on her first try.With Barrett’s help, they got the level running in Frostbite 3, and then all that was left to do was get Jackie and Amy into the studio to play it.
To craft a believable pretext, Marie-Renée created a fake contest called “A Day with Our Devs.” She then sent an official letter to Amy and Jackie, claiming that they had won a contest at PAX East and inviting them to come spend a day touring our Montréal studio.
This is my favourite part of the story…
Upon arrival, Amy was offered a chance to play the next Mass Effect game under the pretext that it was for consumer feedback. Ann, Barrett, and a number of others crowded around the desk with notebooks and pens, pretending to be collecting data as they waited with bated breath.
I can’t help but giggle at the thought of this fan thinking that they were playing the next Mass Effect game. Imagine the bragging rights! Also, imagine her shock when she got to the end of the level, only to find it was all a ruse and there was a proposal taking place.
Once she reached the end of the level, Amy walked into a room with a lone console in the center that had her and Jackie’s names for one another spray-painted on the wall in 50-foot high graffiti. When she clicked on the console, a message popped up: “Dear Amy, Jackie would like to ask you something.
Love, All of us at BioWare”
Jackie then got down on one knee, took out a ring, and proposed. Amy said yes.
At least she said yes. A really hardcore gamer might have thrown the remote upon learning that the level was not in fact a preview to the next Mass Effect game.
There, don’t you feel all warm and fuzzy inside? Forgotten all about your hate for me? Good! This isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. A few years ago, something similar happened, albeit in Portal 2.
I love gaming proposals, it’s something that only gamers could really appreciate or understand. I myself have offered my imaginary girlfriend expensive items in Dota 2 in exchange for her fake hand in marriage. She has said no every single time. Dammit Gabe, I need your help here!
Last Updated: November 12, 2014