Mass Effect Andromeda has received some controversy over its facial animations and character models, especially the default Female Ryder and her equivalent male sibling, who feature pre-defined presets for character creation in the game.
While there is no confirmation of this rumor, a new theory posted on reddit suggests that the day one patch can potentially change the look of the default Female Ryder. This can be seen in the video of a Mass Effect Andromeda playthrough on a regular PS4 without day one patch. This was a livestream of the game which means there was no editing being done here and the default Sara Ryder featured here has some visual features that are different in the final game with day one patch installed.
The game gives us the option to pick up a default preset for either a male or female version of the main character and the video linked above shows some curious different between both version of the game. The character model is slightly different in the original video that is being played without a day one patch while it appears to have been changed in the final game with day one patch, for some unknown reason.
Another comparison with early access version on the Xbox One shows some minor visual difference between both versions of the game.
It is still too early to speculate on the changes and since the game isn’t available to purchase yet, we can’t really compare it to see if the visual changes are indeed there without day one patch. Still, it is worth mentioning here considering there is a lot of criticism over the design of the Female Ryder in the game.
Mass Effect Andromeda will be released on March 21st for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.