Mass Effect Andromeda: 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know
New revelations and a little enlightenment
N7 day has finally come and gone and with it we were treated to a slew of Mass Effect Andromeda News updates. Ever since the initial tease, Bioware has been keeping everything close to its chest, until the last couple of days. The releases mostly being trailers packed with new characters, locations, and new details.
Leaving the original trilogy in the past
N7 - Special forces with the highest level of proficiency.
We finally have some closure on this dilemma. Apparently, the story starts off after Mass Effect2 and before Mass Effect3. But what did Alec Ryder (the man on that first teaser) talk about when he said “600 hundred years from where we stand”?. It would seem that it would take 600 years to travel to Andromeda from the Milky Way with the initiation date being 2185 (Before ME3)
What is the Andromeda and the Pathfinder Initiative?
Ryder doing Shepherd things- like staring out into the darkness
The Andromeda Initiative is a colonization and exploration initiative, the largest of its kind. It will consist of 4 Arks, each holding members of a different race will leave the Milky Way galaxy at the same time, venturing out into uncharted space.
Each ark will be assigned its own Pathfinder, A blend of elite soldiers, scientists and guides, who will be tasked with finding a suitable home in the Helios cluster of the Andromeda galaxy.
New Heroes in a New Galaxy
Can’t wait for some family drama........
As mentioned above, Alec Ryder who is a veteran soldier of the elite N7 rank - just like Shepherd - will spearhead one of the pathfinder missions. The main protagonists of the game were confirmed to be his children, either Scott or Sarah Ryder depending on the gender of your character. But both characters will exist ingame regardless of your choice.
Besides the usual missions, the player will also have the chance to uncover a mystery surrounding the Ryder family as Alec Ryder was among the first humans to use the Charon Mass Relay and pioneer interstellar travel.
Loyalty and Strike Missions
Stunning........ Oh, I meant the graphics.
Loyalty missions in Mass Effect 2 was a phenomenal hit with fans. It made your crew feel real as you uncovered their back stories and forged a real bond with them. But unlike ME2, loyalty missions will not affect the ending of the game. Instead, they will be played much like side missions and can be completed at any given time.
Strike missions are useful if you don’t want to (bummer) or can’t complete side missions. You will be able to hire an AI-controlled team to take care of such missions leaving you free to focus on main missions.
New planets and New species
We just became the “Aliens”, I hope no one shoots us down.
Bioware teased at least two new species, namely the Khet and the Remnant. Nothing much has been revealed besides that but the scope of Mass Effect Andromeda’s exploration is set to surpass the previous instalments by introducing hundreds of solar systems to explore.
Besides exploration, the player is also tasked with colonizing planets . This could open up new game-play opportunities and missions depending on the planet and maybe even resource management.
All in all, Mass Effect is shaping up to be an ambitious game and if done right, a game that could possibly surpass its predecessors. For updates on the Andromeda Initiative and the multiplayer Beta, check out the Official Site.
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