Mass Effect: Andromeda – The fourth iteration in Bioware‘s acclaimed Mass Effect series will be like no other, and the developers have driven the point home by naming the upcoming game Mass Effect: Andromeda instead of attaching a numeric as was traditionally done with the titles in the preceding trilogy. The title quite obviously points towards the location for the next game, which, as a deviation from the earlier games will be set in the Andromeda Galaxy. Additionally, while Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 all had Commander Shepard as their main playable character, the new game will introduce a whole new set of characters.
In other words, fans can expect a rebooting of the series with Mass Effect: Andromeda, while still retaining the series’ basic elements. As Mac Walter, Creative Director for the game puts it, “We’re working to bring back some of that wonder and sense of exploration that we had in the original trilogy. And while we’re making a next-gen title, we want to ensure that we’re stepping our game up so that this isn’t just Mass Effect with shiny new features.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Features and Rumours
Mass Effect: Andromeda has been in development for quite a while now, and the makers have revealed quite a few trailers, including some that feature the creators talking about the development process, giving fans some insight into what to expect.
Like the earlier games in the series, Mass Effect 4 will also be played from the third-person perspective, but the timeline will be set apart from the previous games by a few centuries. One of the most widely talked about features of the upcoming game is its expansive open world setting supported by EA’s powerful Frostbite 3 engine. In a trope that fans familiar with the series have seen before, players can choose to play the RPG shooter game as either a male or a female character. Like Commander Shepard in the earlier games, the ambiguously named Ryder in the upcoming title will serve as the central protagonist. It is rumoured that the male and the female Ryder will appear on the game as siblings and that there will be sufficient focus on the interaction between the two. What this means, perhaps, is that in Mass Effect Andromeda, if it is the female Ryder that a player chooses to play as, her communication with the character’s brother will be a key component in navigating through the missions.
The upcoming game will bring back some of the earlier features of the series; for instance, it is said that the resilient six-wheel vehicle named Mako from the original Mass Effect (2007) will be brought back in a brand new avatar Mass Effect: Andromeda. The vehicle can be customised for exploration of the expansive planetary terrains in the Andromeda Galaxy.
The upcoming game’s new galaxy will include a number of new planets which can be explored. Rumours suggest that the game will also feature a completely refurbished locomotion system in order to aid interplanetary travel. Players will also meet new species of life along the way.
EA has announced that they will follow tradition and release a new trailer on N7 Day (November 7, 2016) which will “officially open the doors to the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe.” It is expected that fans will be given a more detailed look at the gameplay of Mass Effect: Andromeda, much of which still remains speculation.
Mass Effect 4 (Andromeda) Official Gameplay video
Mass Effect: Andromeda Release Date
Mass Effect 4 was originally scheduled for a late 2016 release, but it was later pushed back to 2017 for reasons not clearly mentioned by the developers. Many speculated that the vast open world design that is said to feature a map nearly four times the size of the last game has taken a toll on the game’s creative process, making it fall far behind schedule. However, Patrick Soderlund of EA has assured fans that the game is right on track, and that fans will get to see more of the game soon.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently scheduled for release within the first quarter of 2017. It will be playable on the Windows PC, PS4, and Xbox One.