Mass Effect Andromeda
The announcement that a new Mass Effect game was in the works was unexpected at E3. Sure, it was announced long ago that Bioware was indeed working on a new installment in the franchise. However, few people believed the game was far along for a formal announcement. In truth, Mass Effect Andromeda, won’t be released until the fourth quarter of 2016. So perhaps fans still have an 18 month wait. Until then they can dream of exploring, shooting up aliens and conduct interstellar diplomacy. Nontheless, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was revealed in a teaser trailer at this years E3 game show. It was quite a good year for SF fans with games such as Deus Ex Mankind Divided, Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront prominently featured. But all those games have an expected release date of no later than Q1 2016. Another hotly anticipated game, Cyberpunk 2077, from CD Projekt wasn’t featured. The producers wanted to reveal it no more than 6 months before its release just like with Fallout 4.
What’s it about?
So, what is there to say about Mass Effect Andromeda? Well, it will play in the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbor. If you don’t count all the dwarf galaxies. It will be set a long time after the trilogy and features an entirely new set of characters. Beyond that, most details are rumors or speculation. Below you can watch the teaser trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda.
What else is new?
So, isn’t there anything concrete to say? Mass Effect Andromeda will be available for PC, Xbox One and PS4. From the trailer we know the N7 armour will be back. As will the option to choose a destination in the Andromeda galaxy from a map. But neither of those a really new. What does seem new is the free roaming on alien planets. Even Mass Effect 3 tried to channel players in a certain direction. In effect, this makes the game feel a little bit more like Star Wars Knight of the Old Republic. KOTOR is still considered a prototype to Mass Effect when it was released in 2003. Some speculation points that the game will play largely in the Helius star cluster. Which is only part of the Andromeda galaxy. There the player need to race to find the remains of the Remnant, an alien race with advanced technology. The player will also be tasked with setting up colonies. So there will also be a strategy element to the game. Remnant technology can be used to craft better weapons which players use to discover more tech. Most of these rumors were already floating around before E3, but the teaser trailer does seem consistent with them. This was Mass Effect Andromeda E3 Preview Roundup. I hope you enjoyed reading it.