Following the highly controversial ending to Bioware's Mass Effect 3 - which saw thousands of gamers all over the world announce their furious anger over its bizarre, limited and unappealing conclusion - the idea of getting a sequel seemed unlikely. Why would Bioware want to risk going back at it following such a vehement outcry? Well, I guess Mass Effect made tons of money, so a sequel is on the way!
I would argue that Mass Effect is the Star Wars of our generation. The trilogy is a remarkable accomplishment, one that satisfies action fans, RPG lovers and science fiction enthusiasts alike. I'm looking forward to the release date of Mass Effect: Andromeda, so in an effort to amass all of the details and news about the game until it arrives, we thought we'd start this article and detail any updates we receive along the way.
All The News And Everything We Know About Mass Effect: Andromeda
Mass Effect 4 Is In the Works
The next installment in the Mass Effect franchise was announced on Twitter by former BioWare Edmonton executive producer, Casey Hudson in November 2012.
"We're in early stages of designing a completely new Mass Effect game. What would you want to see in it?"
On November 12, 2012, BioWare confirmed that they are working on a new Mass Effect project and that it would use DICE's Frostbite 3 engine, much like Dragon Age: Inquisition. This was all the information we received about the game for quite some time.
Mass Effect 4 @ E3 2014
This is when the next Mass Effect game was officially announced and revealed. At E3's conference, we saw a trailer that introduced the staff at BioWare and their goals for the next Mass Effect adventure. We were promised a whole new galaxy, a new interactive narrative that the studio are famous for, tons of new characters to fall in love with and more exploration then we've ever encountered.
We saw concept art, a design of the lead character, a Krogan at a stall on an unfamiliar planet and conceptual prototype's of planets. Fans were pumped.
"Stop Calling It Mass Effect 4!" - "Ok."
Shortly after the event at E3, BioWare community manager Chris Priestly asked people to stop referring to the game as Mass Effect 4, because we were dealing with something fresh and separate from the trilogy (want to leave that ending behind them). This is a whole new adventure, so we have to try and put the events of Shepard and her/his crew behind us.
Multiplayer, Mako & More News Abounds
All the way up to January of 2015, we received small tidbits of information regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda (which still wasn't named at the time). We learned that the game was absolutely going to feature multiplayer, that the Mako would play a big role in planetary exploration and that the story would take place during the Shepard era.
So Many Leaks!
As happened with Dragon Age: Inquisition, someone managed to leak information about [Mass Effect: Andromeda](tag:2683449) after having taken part in a survey (they need to stop doing this if they want to avoid leaks). This leak, which was later confirmed as true by actual announcements, brought so much to light. Here's a brief snippet of what the individual who posted on reddit let us know:
The next Mass Effect game takes place in the Helius Cluster (a cluster of 100s of solar systems in the Andromeda Galaxy), far removed by time and space from Commander Shepard’s heroic acts and the final events of the Mass Effect trilogy.
You are a pathfinder, a combat trained but un-tested explorer leading an expedition into the Helius cluster to establish a new home for humanity. As you explore this sprawling series of solar systems (over 4x the size of Mass Effect 3), collecting resources and building colonies, you will encounter the savagery of untamed lands in the form of cut-throat outlaws and warring alien races.
To survive and colonize the wild reaches of space, you will need to grow your arsenal, your ship, your crew and make strategic (and often uneasy) alliances to fight against increasingly menacing foes.
Along the way, you will encounter the remains of a once powerful and mysterious alien race, the Remnant, whose forgotten technology holds the key to gaining power in this region of the galaxy. As you uncover who the Remnant were, and the mysteries their ruins contain, you are drawn into a violent race to find the source of their forgotten technology that will determine the fate of humanity.
Mass Effect: Andromeda @E3 2015
Finally, the game is announced. At EA's conference we get a trailer that set the Andromeda galaxy to the sound of Johnny Cash's "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky". There's no gameplay on display, but we get a good look at the protagonist of the game, the ability to use a jet pack, some new weapons, abilities, and strange alien forces. What are these towers emerging from the ground? Why does the lead character have N7 on their armor? So many questions, and BioWare had little answers.
On N7 Day, we received a video, which you can check out below, that came with the following tagline underneath it: "You are an explorer. Know that wherever you go, we will be with you. Never forget where you came from. Happy N7 Day! Stay tuned for more Mass Effect updates in 2016!"
The clip confirmed that Shepard was being left behind and that we were to anticipate the arrival of a whole new chapter in the Mass Effect franchise. There's nothing close to game footage in the trailer, but I guess they like building hype.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Delayed
Speaking during Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on March 2, 2016, EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen stated that Mass Effect: Andromeda's release date had been delayed from its original Q4 2016 date, and will now release in Q1 2017. A bummer, especially seeing as the announcement didn't come with a new trailer or some form of gameplay, but we'll see. Stay tuned for more!