Much like space, there are still quite a few unknowns in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Bioware’s latest installment in the Mass Effect series is still very much under wraps. Fans don’t know more than a few interesting details about the plot, a few of the characters that will be involved, and the fact that Commander Shepard isn’t our main protagonist. Mass Effect: Andromeda seems to be its own entity, and that’s both a scary and exciting thought.
One of the best aspects of Mass Effect is Bioware’s inclusion of different species. Throughout every installment, fans were exposed to a new type of creature or being that behaves differently from what they were used to. From Krogan to Hanar, Mass Effect brings the best of multiple worlds into one pool and leaves the player to explore a relationship with each. In a report by GameSpot, it’s being stated that not every race will show up in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
While the implications might seem alarming or serious for some, you can rest assured that there’s a reason for this. Creative director Mac Walters explained the reason for not having all races show up, stating that fans could see them in later installments. Walters had this to say when asked about the races and their hopeful appearance in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
— Game Informer (@gameinformer) November 14, 2016
“We’ve designed the IP in such a way that they can all show up,” Walters began. “For hopefully obvious reasons, they’re not all going to show up in the first game.”
From the sounds of it, Walters and the Bioware crew are looking to the future (no pun intended). The Mass Effect series has room for growth, and this is proof of such a thing. All things considered, fans are almost assured a new set of games that will satisfy the Mass Effect itch.
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) November 7, 2016
Every species in Mass Effect will have a gender representation, as well. A report by Dualshockers confirms that every species will have a gender that represents its race in Mass Effect: Andromeda. A tweet by Walters confirms that this was the intent early on. Alien races such as the Krogan are mostly male in the Mass Effect games. For reasons that require going through the game to figure out, it would certainly be interesting to see more than a few females. Additionally, the Asari have a certain way of life. With no definition of “male or female,” how will it play out in Mass Effect: Andromeda?
These questions and more are giving Andromeda quite a bit of hype. As is the usual, many characters will be introduced and added to the crew as time goes on. There’s a guarantee that fans will even see species that they have never seen before. With this in mind, the possibilities are as endless as the plot in a Mass Effect game.
— Mass Effect (@masseffect) November 21, 2016
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Bioware is content to feed its fans morsels and tidbits of information on what we can expect. For now, there’s a placeholder that suggests that fans will be seeing the game in March of 2017. Bioware intends to keep Andromeda separate from the past events in Mass Effect, but developers have said that fans will see multiple nods to past adventures as time goes on. If the decision to leave out some of the races in the new Andromeda series is any indication, fans will see both new and old with Bioware’s promising title. You can catch more news about the new Mass Effect on December 1 of this year at The Game Awards.
How do you feel about some species being excluded in the new Mass Effect: Andromeda game? Do you feel that this is the best choice for Bioware? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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