With the celebration of N7 day (an unofficial Mass Effect Holiday taken from the date “November 7”), Bioware gets to talk about their Mass Effect franchise and the upcoming title in the series: Mass Effect Andromeda. Bioware showcased a trailer for those who waited patiently for the reveal and what a tease it was. The cinematic trailer shows off many things to expect: space exploration, shootouts, and a mysterious villain along with the main male character.
Mass Effect Andromeda is Not Just Mass Effect 4
Mass Effect Andromeda is an upcoming action role-playing game with a third person shooter main element. The game’s namesake came from the Andromeda Initiative which was established around the time of Mass Effect 2, the main goal of the initiative is to find a new home where “arks” would be made and set out on investigating the Heleus cluster and its inhabitable “golden worlds”. The arks have specific races inhabiting them and on the human-inhabited ark is where the main character(s) reside. Having a role playing nature, the game’s mechanic of choosing a gender has always been picking from twins in this case you are the offspring of the Pathfinder of the human ark named Scott or Sara Ryder.
While the game does change things up a bit according to creative director Mac Walters, the game kicks off with a new focus and a set of protagonists, the game is not necessarily a start of a new trilogy. Walters said that at the end of Andromeda, “we want it to feel like a story was completed.”. Along with plot details, the game also reveals the “Kett”: a non-milky way galaxy race of aliens and the demo had the alien species take on an antagonistic role however that’s not entirely the case as the whole race may not prove to be enemies of the Ryders. Despite the reveal of the story, various parts or details of it are still being kept in the dark such as what happens to the Hyperion, what other races would be encountered, and what causes the motivation of the Kett. Aside from plot reveals, the event also featured new changes to the gameplay formula such as the return of the loyalty missions, the Mako from the first game also motivated the inclusion of the Nomad which allows you to explore the planets in the Andromeda galaxy with notable changes in handling, camera, and vehicle speed.
Mass Effect Andromeda has an announced initial release date of March 2017 and will be available for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Fans of the videogame franchise are now anxious in waiting for the next instalment of the series, especially since the previous game’s ending received a ton of flak.
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