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BioWare apologizes for commemorative Commander Shepard corpse

Shh... she’s just sleeping

A sculpture featuring the female version of Commander Shepard, glad in her N7 armor, lifelessly floating above the wreckage of the Normandy. Image: BioWare
Petrana Radulovic is an entertainment reporter specializing in animation, fandom culture, theme parks, Disney, and young adult fantasy franchises.

The opening of Mass Effect 2 — where the beloved Normandy explodes and Commander Shepard is blasted into the vast expanse of space and dies moments later — is perhaps one of the most iconic and devastating first moments in video game history. And if you wanted to be reminded of the pain constantly, you can get a commemorative sculpture of Commander Shepard’s final moments. Oh joy!

The BioWare Gear store released an official figurine of Commander Shepard’s lifeless corpse floating above the Normandy wreckage. It’s the perfect companion to any figurine you might have of your Shepard’s love interest, if you want to remind them of the sheer pain of losing their best friend!

The official press release calls it a “conversation starter,” and boy is that true. Here’s another conversation starter: Why is it only available in female Commander Shepard, and why is the pose like that? On one hand, maybe it speaks to how ubiquitous FemShep has become for the series. On the other hand, can you imagine BroShep in that same pose?

There are only 2000 Death Statues available, each with its own certificate of authenticity. The statue is $135 and available on the BioWar Gear store.

Update (June 13): BioWare has cancelled pre-sales of the Commander Shepard death statue. In an email, BioWare explained that the statue was supposed to be part of a whole series centered around “some of the key and most emotional moments” in the franchise.

The statue has been pulled from the store, along with the T-shirt that also featured Shepard’s corpse and their birth and death years — at least until further notice. Those who pre-ordered the item will be automatically refunded.

The full email is below:

Earlier today, we announced the sale of our latest Mass Effect Shepard statue. This statue was intended to be part of a series commemorating some of the key and most emotional moments in the series. The way we announced it did not convey that properly, nor does it give the moment in the series the credit it deserves.

As a result, we’ll be pausing sales on the statue until we can share the larger plan with you.

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