The Mass Effect series has always combined gaming’s best bits. It has rich and detailed worlds (with lore that you actually care about), it’s got an RPG system that’ll keep you occupied for hours, its combat is a heck of a lot of fun and it lets players create characters just like them. In fact, Mass Effect is one of the few game franchises that let you get into same-sex relationships.
So although the first Mass Effect trilogy may be done and dusted, interest in new game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, couldn’t be higher as players are eager to get their hands on more of that gameplay good stuff. The problem is, next to nothing is known about it; its name wasn’t even revealed until this year’s E3.
Shedding a tiny ray of light on the game’s features is BioWare’s senior development director, Chris Wynn, who has tweeted out a few new details about it. Find out more after the break.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Characters + Combat
One of the few things we already knew about Andromeda is that our protagonist will be completely new, and that the man or woman who we play as in the game isn’t Commander Shepard. (Sort of) following up on that, Wynn confirmed to a fan that the game wouldn’t feature any other major characters from past Mass Effect games either, as it just wouldn’t make narrative sense. However, we shouldn’t rule out minor characters just yet as the director also explained that they “haven’t added every single character to the Andromeda build yet” so a comeback for some characters could still be on the cards.
Some fans are worried that Mass Effect: Andromeda will ditch everything the trilogy introduced, and will be totally unfamiliar as a result. Given that the trilogy has been captivating gamers for almost a decade, that’s a valid concern. Though, Wynn notes that “there are plenty of non-character connections [to the trilogy]” including character races and the return of the Mako, an infantry vehicle.
Furthermore, Wynn tweeted that Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s gameplay is having to be “rebuilt in the new engine” which is why it’s taking them so long to release the game. Also, Andromeda‘s combat will feature “some new elements that make it more dynamic” but overall it would have a “similar feel” to Mass Effect 3’s fighting gameplay.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in 2016 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.