Mass Effect 3 first image of squadmate James Vega released via Twitter

To celebrate his 10,000 Twitter follower Executive Producer of the Mass Effect Series Casey Hudson released the first image of James Vega — or rather, he directed people to the Mass Effect 3 Twitter account, which released the image of Vega:

While Vega has managed to get himself a Mass Effect Wiki page, we still know very little about the brawny tattooed man beyond that he's an experienced soldier and has an affinity for fitted t-shirts. He will be a squad member, but it hasn't been revealed if he's temporary or fully recruitable — whatever the case, he certainly won't be as important as Garrus.

If you've been following ME3, you may recognize him as a redesigned version of James Sanders, a character whose name was changed after his existence was revealed early in the development process. Good for you if you did!

There's been plenty of discussion over his appearance, and Vega has already been called everything from “male eye candy” to the next Jersey Shore cast member. The debate has yet to be resolved, so if you think you can bring people to a consensus, let us know what you think in the comments.

Mass Effect 3 is expected to release on Mar 6, 2012.

Jul 18, 2011

Source: Twitter


  • Hazgibbon - July 19, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Jacob's proportions were ridiculous enough, this guy looks even worse.
  • IamNOTatalkingpony - July 19, 2011 10:28 p.m.

    This is all very well, but can I have hot male-on-male action with him? I need these answers!
  • coreysmith - July 19, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    I'd do him.
  • Gameguy94 - July 19, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    No body likes him but Bioware will probably give him some badass ability so you guys will HAVE to use him in combat.
  • babyhenchy1 - July 19, 2011 2:19 p.m.

    Don't like the look of the character but I like the concept. A military veteran with not much political experience. For new players, a character with their mindset, and for returning players, I see it as a chance to continue developing your Shepard's personality as s/he has had a lot of experience with galactic politics, probably more than enough to last him/her two lifetimes.
  • ChrisMacDee - July 19, 2011 12:53 p.m.

    All the soldier people(Kaiden, Ashley, Jacob) were rubbish and this one looks like a human version of Donkey Kong, so I'm not expecting much. Fun Fact: On my pc in ME1, I was in the middle of a gunfight with a Colossus and some Geth, only to find Kaiden ran off somewhere. After I finishing the fight with just Wrex as the only member in my party, I ran off looking for him; only to find him face down in a pool of lava. They don't train soldiers that well in the future it seems :P
  • RamenChimera - July 19, 2011 12:11 p.m.

    Is it just me, or did ME3 not launch on March 6, 2011?
  • Psylockerules - July 19, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    hes fit finally if kaiden wont give it up ill go gay for this guy :P
  • inkyspot - July 19, 2011 11:59 a.m.

    I think homie's shirt it too tight, If that's the style for men in the future I'll pass. Something looks off about his anatomy, possible the shoulder area,... maybe when he's animated, he'll look better.
  • fetalspray - July 19, 2011 11:38 a.m.

    Generic grey matter male support = uninteresting. You just never connect with them the way you do the others in the squad, the only other human male supports should be Joker and Anderson because they have actual character.
  • sh33phead - July 19, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    "Mass Effect 3 is expected to release on Mar 6, 2011." I wish...We must suffer for another 9 months.
  • sirdilznik - July 19, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    Apparently standard Shepard wasn't "generic white male video game character" enough so Bioware had to one-up themselves. And they even gave him a faux hawk to "spice him up".
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - July 19, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    He seems pretty boring, but hopefully Bioware has some cool ideas for his character. I do like that he's kind of ugly. There's not a lot of ugly characters out there, and they can be pretty great (looking at you Frank West).
  • Yeager1122 - July 19, 2011 4:56 a.m.

    So hes your cookie cutter soilder guy great.
  • Bynowyouknow - July 19, 2011 4:43 a.m.

    We need more nerdy badasses in games we have plenty of generic space marines. I want a nerdy squadmate
  • D0CCON - July 19, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    Didn't they get rid of Jacob because he was considered the most plain soldier? This guy is even more plain! At least I had some sort of connection with Jacob. Really though, it doesn't matter. Shepherd, Garrus, and Tali are the biggest stars of the show, the majority of the other humans aren't as interesting.
  • Navarre1991 - July 19, 2011 4:26 a.m.

    You should change the release date from March 6th, 2011; to March 6th, 2012. Unless I missed the release of Mass Effect 3...I'd be pissed.
  • aang1050 - July 19, 2011 4:06 a.m.

    I don't like his face, but I bet he's homosexual. Think about it. You can have male-on-male relationships in ME3, why not introduce a gay-only character?
  • FlamingChaos35 - July 19, 2011 4:02 a.m.

    it says Mar 6, 2011 as the release date...
  • obviouslyadouche - July 19, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    Agreeing with corsair89 we need a elcor crew member who you can romance, i can imagine the riverting dialougue "sexually aroused: shepard you look very good"

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