THERE MAY BE MASS EFFECT SPOILERS.
Original party member Tali’Zorah is a Quarian whose face has been one of the most popular topics of Mass Effect online discussion. Throughout the series, her face is hidden as she has to wear a costume that protects her from illness.
Tali’s face was eventually shown at the end of Mass Effect 3 to those who romanticized the character via a photo in Shepard’s booth. His design was based on the Photoshop of a human stock photo model – something that angered some fans of the character.
Now, nine years after the release of Mass Effect 3, BioWare has replaced that Photoshop with a unique new face of the developer’s creation.
Redditor Maxgoods uploaded an image of this new face to the Mass Effect submarine:
Maxgoods even made a video showing the new face:
This was later confirmed by Mass Effect modder Orikon (from Priority: Earth Overhaul renamed):
NEW: Tali’s cabin photo has been changed in Legendary Edition. Thank you @macwalterslives!
– Orikon (@masseffect_peom) May 14, 2021
Tali still has a human-like face (except for the all-white eyes), which I think will disappoint some who had hoped for a more alien look. Tali is an alien, after all! But it’s definitely an improvement over the stock photo model found in the original Mass Effect 3.
If you are wondering how gamers reach the end of Mass Effect 3 so quickly, Maxgoods downloaded a save of Mass Effect 3 with the Tali romance complete, pasted into the correct folder on PC (MyDocuments BioWare Mass Effect Legendary Edition Save ME3), then loaded the last save.
The Legendary Edition of Mass Effect is only one day old, but players are already finding some subtle changes that BioWare hadn’t announced in pre-release. It will be fun to find out what has changed over the next few weeks.