Beware of minor spoilers from the first Mass Effect
- BioWare decided to change the species of the pirate Elanos Haliat in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition; the character appeard in the first game as a human, now being changed to a turian;
- It thus matched his character model to his bio, which in the original was changed most likely due to a mistake.
Fans of the first installment of Mass Effect fans may remember the character of Elanos Haliat, a minor antagonist in one of the quests, on the planet Agebinium, connected to Shepard's origin. In the original, he was a human - a notorious pirate from the Terminus Systems who, with the support of Batarian slavers, attacked the human colony on the planet Elysium, sparking a conflict known as the Skyllian blitz.
You could say - an antagonist like many others in BioWare's space saga. The most devoted fans, however, could see some inaccuracies in his biography. How did he rise to such a high position in the Terminus System so quickly after the first contact? Why did the alien races allowed to be led by a human into battle? Why did he want to fight his fellow humans in the first place? Why does his name refer to Turian weapon maker company? And finally, why does he use phrases suggesting he is not of the same species as Shepard when talking to the protagonist?
The answer to these questions is very simple. According to the original plans, Haliat was most likely meant to be a turian, and he received a human model by mistake. BioWare decided to fix this mistake and in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the antagonist is now a turian, as per the original plans. You can see it in the illustrations and footage below.
The appearance of this correction was suggested some time ago by Mac Walters, the head of the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition project. Here is his Twitter post from February this year.
While we're talking about such changes, it's worth reminding that on the occasion of Mass Effect: Legendary Edition's release BioWare also replaced the photo of Tali without her helmet, which could be found in the third installment. You can read more about it in this news.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition was released last week on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
- Mass Effect: Legendary Edition - official webiste