scene recently released to GameTrailers shows off both the way Shepard can interact wth him (fistsfights! awesome!) and a hint at troubles he might have had in the past. It looks like he has a solid backstory and will be a reliable person for Shepard to have around in trying times. New costume images have been released for one of my favorite ME2 characters, Jack, as well for as ME1 squad mates Ashley, Kaidan, and Liara. I'm not happy with the direction the story seems to be taking Joker, but at this point most major plot points are only rumor. We'll have to wait another few months to really find out what happens.
However, we've got some final costume designs to look at, and there has been a lot of talk among fans and developers about what the costume changes mean to the characters who wear them. The one that concerns me the most is Jack.
I realize that this is just a fan theory. Mass Effect 3's art director, Derek Watts, has this to say about her new costume: "Maybe she’s softened up a bit. You can only stay punk rock for so long, you know. Even Johnny Rotten eventually goes, ‘I’ve got to do something different.’ She’d get tired of walking around completely naked and she’d probably grow her hair out, but she’s still Jack and still kinda punk...". "Got tired of walking around completely naked" doesn't exactly encompass what I wrote above. However, I've grown attached to Jack over the last few years and wanted to explain what exactly I think would be consistent with her character in ME3.
|This is the concept art that got me thinking.|
Keep in mind that the image above is not confirmed to be the final design: there are other possible costumes for Jack floating around out there, varying from more to less revealing. Yes, I usually like conservative clothing. Yes, having problems with franchise costumes is nearly one of my pastimes. But I think I've got something to back me up here. Because if Jack in ME2 was showing off her tattoos, not her body, then the kinder, gentler Jack in ME3 would probably be functioning on some psychological level under the same idea. I don't like that the costume above shows off her chest and stomach, because the Jack who I interacted with didn't seem to be emphasizing those body parts. She wasn't about emphasis at all, but rather about a whole picture. She sees herself as work of art, and the fact that that work was the product of fear and a lashing out against her life circumstances makes it extra interesting.
So my plea to BioWare is this: for Jack's changed costume, don't give her a bikini. Dress her in something that's going to reflect her personal views on herself: creatively minimal clothing if she wants to continue to show off the tattoos, or a less revealing costume if she wants to hide the signs of her past. Having her in something in-between takes away a very little bit of the uniqueness that drew me to her in the second game.
Of course, what really matters is what the character does and says. Clothing is not the be-all and end-all of characterization. I look forward to seeing how Jack interacts with Shepards of both genders.