FemShep finally gets her due in Mass Effect Legendary Edition trailer, Jennifer Hale extremely stoked

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A reveal trailer for Mass Effect Legendary Edition (opens in new tab) went live several hours ago, and fans have been watching it over and over. As has Jennifer Hale, the voice actor who played the female version of Commander Shepard across all three games, or "FemShep" as the character was dubbed. 

Though her performance made FemShep more popular with hardcore fans, the marketing for the original games tended to focus on the default "BroShep", voiced by Mark Meer. Until now. This trailer shows a montage of scenes from across the series, and while BroShep is there—that's him macking on Miranda—there's more screen-time devoted to FemShep. She gets the action scenes, running and leaping and sliding over a waist-high object in that very familiar way, as well as kissing Liara and posing while Garrus says, "You were born to do this." She's at the forefront in a way she never was when the games were first released, back when she had to settle for the alternative trailer (opens in new tab)

"I'm just sitting here ugly-crying because I'm just so moved," Hale says in the video, before giving a "huge shout-out to Mark, you know I love you." Between the tears, she goes on to say, "You guys are the best and to be part of this is the greatest thing in the world and I'm so grateful. BioWare, thank you, fans, thank you so much. It's so beautiful. I just wanted to share that I'm ugly-crying because it's so cool."

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One of the changes in Mass Effect Legendary Edition is that the "iconic" vision of FemShep, as seen in the trailer, will be in the character creator from the start of the trilogy. (Originally, while BroShep had a default appearance based on model Mark Vanderloo, an iconic look for FemShep was only introduced in Mass Effect 3 (opens in new tab).)

I played all three games twice as FemShep, and I'm looking forward to doing so again. Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be out on May 14, 2021, on both Origin and Steam.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and Playboy.com (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.