OK, look, I know I’m supposed to be all ‘impartial games journalist’ about this all, but come on – the new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer looks really fuckin’ sweet.
There are aliens, both big, growly ones and sentient, scary ones; there’s the new main ship; there’s some sort of giant tentacle-y thing; there’s another, separate, robotic giant tentacle-y thing; there are explosions, weird technology, and a dramatic ending.
Basically, it all looks very Mass Effect, and that is no bad thing at all.
This is all part of N7 day, so the trailer is just the tip of the iceberg. The game’s box art has already leaked for both its regular and deluxe editions, though there’s no word on what each will contain, and no release date yet beyond ‘Spring 2017’.
We also have the game’s official description:
Take the role of the Pathfinder, leading humanity’s search for a new home in this unexplored and unforgiving region of space. You’ll chart your own course, navigating the Andromeda galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find the human race a new home among the stars. You’ll be able to upgrade and customize your gameplay experience with a deep and flexible progression system, and lead your squad into action-packed combat using advanced weaponry, special abilities, and more than a few new tricks.
It also looks like the $199 Collector’s Edition will come with a remote control space car (the Nomad, formerly Mako), while Microsoft have also figured out a way to make the Xbox One backwards compatible with Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 (the multi-disc setup was causing them some problems), so you can now replay the whole trilogy on current hardware should you wish.
There’ll probably be some more news as the day goes on, but for now I’m going to go back to watching the new trailer on loop for a bit. See you in spring.