After a year of waiting, Mass Effect 4 finally has a name: Mass Effect: Andromeda. The real-life galaxy that this new title takes its name from is approximately 2.5 million lightyears from Earth. The galaxy contains something like one trillion stars, at least twice the number of stars in the Milky Way, which is estimated to be 200–400 billion. And here's a fascinating piece of information: the two are expected to collide in 3.75 billion years, eventually merging to form a giant elliptical galaxy or perhaps a large disk galaxy.
The reality of this galaxy and how it relates to that of our own is something that gives us a sense of scale for Mass Effect 4. It appears that this leak was indeed true, and that we'll be taking command of a pathfinder, a combat trained but un-tested explorer leading an expedition into the Helius cluster to establish a new home for humanity. But how did humans get out this far? The lore of Mass Effect details how insanely difficult an expedition like this would be - they need relays just to jump to different systems. Bioware better have a good explanation for how they got out their, but what does this E3 trailer for Mass Effect 4 actually show us?
Mass Effect 4 is Now Mass Effect: Andromeda & the Trailer is Pretty Awesome
EA kicked off their E3 conference by showing us a rather unexpected take on a Mass Effect trailer. Johnny Cash sings "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" as we see a soldier flicking through images of various planets. It pulls out to reveal an updated galaxy map and then the trailer kicks into top gear as the N7 logo is walked into the screen. The trailer doesn't really show us that much about Mass Effect: Andromeda though, aside from seeing an updated Mako in action.
Bioware have already discussed the emphasis they'll be placing on the Mako for Mass Effect: Andromeda. It seems that the worlds we'll be landing on will have much larger sandboxes for us to explore - perhaps akin to Dragon Age: Inquisition. But the trailer also showed off some of the new abilities we're likely to have. The N7 soldier performs a kind of ground-pound at the trailer's end, similar to the new combat mechanics we've seen 343 Industries introduce for Halo 5. Perhaps this will be a much more nimble Mass Effect.
When Will We Get More Mass Effect: Andromeda Info Before Release Date?
It also seems that we'll be playing as a human again - no race selection. But that's alright I suppose, I can deal with that. But this trailer doesn't really tell us all that much, but then Mass Effect: Andromeda is a long way from us with a slated release date for holiday 2016. Is there anything in the trailer that got you excited or something interesting you may have noticed? Personally, I was hoping to see more of Mass Effect at E3 so I was pretty underwhelmed by the trailer. Perhaps Gamescom will have more on Mass Effect later this year.
Guess I'll have to just play the games on my XBOX One when Microsoft make backwards compatibility a thing in the meant time! Nice move Microsoft, nice move. Be sure to let us know what you thought of the Mass Effect: Andromeda E3 trailer in the comments below and what you're most excited for in Mass Effect: Andromeda!