For some people, this was the only gaming news that mattered in 2016. I’m probably one of them.
Mass Effect: Andromeda has finally received a gameplay trailer, showing off some in-game action, cut-scenes, CG, and even giving us the slightest hint of the plot, addressing the main character as a Pathwalker.
As Scott or Sarah Ryder, players will explore the Andromeda galaxy to unravel mysteries and discover new worlds, set thousands of years after the original trilogy. The game has a brand new voice cast, including Clancy Brown, Fryda Wolf, and Tom Taylorson, who you might recognise as Octodad!
Andromeda will also see a return for Loyalty Missions, focusing on the side-stories of each squad member. The key thing, however, is that these Loyalty Missions will be completely optional and won’t impact the end of the game. In Mass Effect 2, the loyalty you had with your team mate determined how effective they were in the game’s final battle. Not this time, it seems.
In an interview with Game Informer, Mass Effect Creative Director Mac Walter said
The big difference between this and ME2, where you did a loyalty mission and that all impacted the ending, is that they’re much more optional in this case. If you don’t want to engage with them, you don’t have to. If you want to engage with them after the critical path is done, you can do that,
And to cap it all off, Mass Effect 2 and 3 have joined the original on the Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility list. They’re even all available in the EA Vault, so that should keep you semi-occupied until Andromeda. Whenever that’s actually coming.
Bit of a shame we’re not getting that HD Collection though. I guess PS4 owners will have to sit this one out, huh?