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BioWare Concept Artist Shows Us What Tali’s Face Could Have Looked Like…

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Carl Phillips
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BioWare, Concept Art, Dragon Age II, Mass Effect 3, Matt Rhodes

BioWare Concept Artist Shows Us What Tali’s Face Could Have Looked Like…

Along With Evolution Of Other Mass Effect / Dragon Age Designs

To say a number of people were not exactly happy with the way BioWare handled the reveal for Tali’s appearance in Mass Effect 3 is a bit of an understatement, but some recently released concept art from BioWare artist Matt Rhodes gives us an idea of what Tali could have looked like had BioWare not gone with a stock photo of a model. In a post on his official blog, Rhodes shows how he evolved the design for many of the iconic characters from BioWare’s most recent franchises, giving us insight into his design process and allowing us to see some of the ideas that ultimately didn’t make it into the final product. A word of warning though – the blog is incredibly spoiler heavy to both Mass Effect and Dragon Age games.

So what could everybody's favourite Quarian have potentially looked like? Well, take a gander below...

BioWare Concept Artist Shows Us What Tali’s Face Could Have Looked Like…
BioWare Concept Artist Shows Us What Tali’s Face Could Have Looked Like…
BioWare Concept Artist Shows Us What Tali’s Face Could Have Looked Like…

Along with posting pieces of concept art, Rhodes explains why he decided to go with certain design ideas, why certain things were changed, and even gives his thoughts on the whole topic on Tali’s Face.

The debate about whether or not to reveal Tali’s face was another one that lasted a long time. Versions of her were being worked on fairly often. These were three that I thought worked in their own way. Personally, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to push players to the edge. Tali was like a pen pal, or a friend you’ve only ever known online. Depending on how attached to her a player was, how well could they handle her appearance challenging their expectations? If she looked a little too alien, just a little too repellant, would they still feel the same way about her? Or did her personality and your history together trump appearances? It’s an interesting area to explore and I hope we can find other ways to ask that question.

To see the rest of the concept art, which gives us some very interest insight into what could have been for both Mass Effect and Dragon Age, be sure to click on the link here.

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MattGardner  Jul. 25, 2013 at 10:17

I want to cry. I can't understand quite why Bioware would pay people to create concept art for Tali's face and then, and then, pinch a royalty free job off of the internet.

I mean, WHAT?!

Some of those concepts look really cool. I'd love to see an alternate universe play out where Shep turns to Reaper tech to hunt down the Reapers and is in turn hunted down by Ashley. That would have been dramatastic.

Breadster  Jul. 25, 2013 at 17:37

It's always cool seeing concept art, but having the artist talk about their ideas and reasoning behind designs is so much more interesting. I hope more artists do this in the future.

streackerm0811  Dec. 30, 2013 at 20:19

I believe the second concept would be the best, but, I believe that Tali should have more of a raven purple color to her hair, and her skin could also have a purplish hue (not pale).

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