Mass Effect 3
Next Mass Effect 3 Patch To Fix Faces
Written Friday, March 23, 2012 By Richard Walker
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If you're anything like us, chances are you've already rebuilt your Shepard following the face importing issue in Mass Effect 3, and now you're perfectly happy with your new and improved version of the Commander. Or not, as the case may be. If you find yourself falling into the latter camp, then help may soon be at hand.

In an update on the BioWare forums, there's news regarding a forthcoming patch for Mass Effect 3 that'll finally fix the pesky face import issues, although there isn't a date yet confirmed for the patch, as BioWare's Chris Priestly explains.

"A new patch gets heavily tested by BioWare, EA, Microsoft and Sony before it can be released to the public. We all want to be sure that it fixes the issues it is supposed to fix and doesn't start any new issues (this is called testing or certification testing ). If a patch fails during testing, it is sent back, fixed again and retested until it passes. Then it is released to gamers. Until we know that the patch has passed certification testing, I don't want to give even a rough idea of the date, to prevent disappointment should it need further testing."

Obviously, BioWare will update us with a date for the face import patch as and when, but for now, it's at least good to know that a solution to the problem is finally on the way. Although it might be a bit late for the majority of players. Still, you can always take advantage of the patch in that second or third playthrough you have planned, right? Check out our Mass Effect 3 review and love/hate features for more Shepard.


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Comment #1 by SnowSakura
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 11:22:26 AM
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I hope they add an install to hard drive option, extended play time causes the frame rate to drop to almost 0

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Comment #2 by otaku523
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 11:36:36 AM
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@1 I would like that also the more smoothness the better but the freezing is a pain at times.

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Comment #3 by MTURNER1985
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 11:49:18 AM
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@1 AND 2

Thats weird because i played the full game without any freezing! It ran smooth enough not to have a complaint. Especially compared to skyrim its was amazing!

Never had a problem with faces either must be when you import a ME1 or 2 player

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Comment #4 by Terminator
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 12:09:22 PM
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I completely agree with you, the Frame-Rate is really bad in places so I hope that gets fixed along with the freezing and corruption issues. They also need to fix the chronic lag you get on first logging into MP, speed up the initial server login and the DLC check on first loading the disc as both are painfully slow.

I have no idea why they didn't include an install option this time as that would have really helped with the Frame-Rate issues.

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Comment #5 by Cromag2
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 01:01:18 PM
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@3, well yeah ME3 has STELLAR framerate, hiccups compared to Skyrim, but as far as the previous ME games have been this is pretty unprecedented? It might be the tacked on MP causing most of the issues, dont know, I freeze up a lot more there than in the SP, but cant really play for more than 4-5 hours without locking up somewhere and having to hard restart...

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Comment #6 by FearlessSasuke
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 01:24:20 PM
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its annoying.

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Comment #7 by Shirokurou
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 02:05:36 PM
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Framerate is more important.
My import Shep's face is a OK.

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Comment #8 by Macthillien
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 02:38:36 PM
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What I think is annoying is the low frame rate at the start of he game, the slow texture loading and when I go to the charecter screen, Sheperds face looks like shit. Other than that nothing else with me

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Comment #9 by Filipace
Friday, March 23, 2012 @ 06:29:47 PM
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I honestly had no face import issues so far and Im on my second playthrough, I also didnt have a framerate issue at all, those problems are either region based or I got lucky

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Comment #10 by SoPoF
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 03:33:09 AM
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I have no issue with the framerate, but the audio has hickups or whatever you want to call it. Sounds is completely gone for one or two seconds regularly every now and then, even without much going on.

However, while my imported Shepard looks mostly the way he did in ME2, I still think it's a bit off and especially the nose looks somewhat different. I wonder if this will apply even if you already started the game - if yes, they must take care they don't screw up the other Shepards in the process.^^

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Comment #11 by happyplayer10
Saturday, March 24, 2012 @ 04:38:08 PM
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Maybe it's just my copy, but I've had characters missing during conversations and even part/ entire white screens during video sequences. Anyone else getting this?

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US March 06, 2012
Europe March 09, 2012
Japan March 15, 2012

Resolution: 480p, 720p
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Players: 1
Online Players : 2-4
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