Hana and Rain in Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix

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Fear Effect 2 features a heavily implied, if not explicitly stated, relationship between the main player-character Hana Tsu-Vachel and her partner Rain Qin. Hana is a French-Chinese freelancer for the Traid. Rain is hacker who has no memory of her past. Their relationship, according to this review, was only a small part of the overarching game story. The ads for the game however, like the one pictured below, hinted at a much more explicit relationship than what is shown in the game. One of the rare moments in which their relationship is more than hinted at appears in the video below.

It is important to note that in the original game, Hana’s partner and male love interest is another mercenary, Glas Royce. Stan Liu, the President/CEO of Kronos Digital Entertainment and the writer/director of Fear Effect, says explicitly in one interview that Hana is bisexual. He also states that their relationship was meant to be “closer to Xena and Gabrielle” rather than “Thelma and Louise.” It was not a main part of the story, and “The only reason I wanted Hana to have a female companion this time around is because it gives me the ability to create an extremely interesting love triangle further down the road” (Lui, 2001).

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Ad for Fear Effect 2 Image credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hana_Tsu-Vachel

Citations:

  1. Fear Effect. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fear_Effect
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  4. Is Fear Effect’s Hana Tsu Vaschel Gaming’s Only Gay Protagonist? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.totalmediabridge.com/is-fear-effects-hana-tsu-vaschel-gamings-only-gay-protagonist
  5. Lui, Chi Kong. (2001, April 4). Interview with Stan Liu – Part 2. (April 4, 2001). Game Critics.com. Retrieved from http://www.gamecritics.com/interview-stan-liu-part-2
  6. Lui, Chi Kong. (2004, May 4). Game for Sex Vol. 1.  Game Critics.com. Retrieved from http://www.gamecritics.com/chi-kong-lui/game-for-sex-vol-1
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  8. Rainn Qin. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://feareffect.wikia.com/wiki/Rain_Qin
  9. The War Games. (2011, May 16). Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix – Sexy Elevator Action. YouTube. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUW9hwIRZYQ
  10. Thelma and Louise. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelma_%26_Louise
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