Mass Effect 4 (Andromeda): BioWare and EA's upcoming game in the acclaimed Mass Effect series should have been called Mass Effect 4, but the fact that the new title's predicted numeric attachment was changed to one that plainly speaks about a famous galaxy says a lot about what we can expect, and also about what we may not. Mass Effect: Andromeda, or Mass Effect 4 for the nostalgic, is quite obviously a new entry in the franchise that had us explore strange places in the hopes of colonising them since 2007.
But in ways more than one, it is all but a departure.
For one, we are already aware that we're finally leaving the Milky Way behind to follow in the shoes of the Pathfinders and explore the Andromeda Galaxy.
The New Settings that the creators have chosen for the game has its own intrigues for being one that has long fascinated us ever since its discovery. Fictionalising a spot in the universe that we have pondered over for a long time is itself a huge draw for the upcoming game.
However, along with a new setting, Mass Effect: Andromeda will bid adieu to Commander Shepard and bring in an entirely new set of characters and vehicles. But the important thing here is that there will always be a callback to the old games in the series, and that may ultimately give us the feeling that we're playing Mass Effect 4 after all, and not a completely new game.
Mass Effect 4 Andromeda EssenCe (The Wow factor)
Andromeda in a few words, it is mainly a rebooting of the Mass Effect series from the ground up in terms of its story, features, and gameplay. But it will retain some of the key elements from the earlier games so that it doesn't feel too detached.
So can we expect Mass Effect: Andromeda to represent the beginning of a new series?
More on that later. But right now, we are excited to become the new Pathfinders and explore all that the fourth instalment of the series has to offer.
In that spirit, we have compiled and scrutinised everything that we have seen or heard about the upcoming game for our readers. But right now, we're going to do some compact overviews on the game's key aspects.
Mass Effect: Andromeda New Features
There is a reason why the series creators decided to name the new game Andromeda instead of Mass Effect 4 when the last entry that came out in 2012 was simply titled Mass Effect 3. When Mass Effect: Andromeda finally comes out, we'll see that it has made some radical changes. Interviews with the creators and all the glimpses that they have given us till now at least give us a few hints about what we're going to see. Let's jump right in.
Checkout the new features of the Mass Effect 4 Andromeda
The game will open up some new settings including new maps and some new tweaks in the multiplayer mode.
All New Characters
Some new characters are to be introduced in order to make this game more interesting specially in the multiplayer mode.
Specially designed storyline tight from the area where the last one ended. We are pretty sure Mass Effect Andromeda is not gonna be a unique story. So if you have played Mass Effect 3, you can find a bridge between these two.
Some new vehicles are to be introduced because according to the story, it has taken a big leap in time. Some new blasters can be seen and portable medium firing systems can also be expected.
Many futuristic weapons including atomic blasters are waiting to roar up. New single shot atomis pistol can be seen
It's gonna redefine multiplayer experience to a new level. You can play as an ally and as an enemy from the opposite side. Thus players can unleash both from the same gameplay!
Mass Effect 4 Andromeda Features in details
- Storyline: Andromeda takes the story of the last game forward, but not quite directly. The new game's time is set apart from Mass Effect 3 by several centuries, though the journey that lands our characters in the Andromeda Galaxy had begun hundreds of years back. By the time the new game begins, our characters will be waking up from cryosleep to find out who among them have made it through the journey.
- Settings: No, we are not only talking about the new game's physical setting in this segment but its maps. For those don't already know, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the first game in the Mass Effect series to feature open world element to fully justify the theme of exploration. This means that the upcoming game will enable us to explore the new seamless open world galaxy to the fullest.
- Every new planet that we will explore will be richly unique on its own, and going by some of the footages that we have seen, we will have the chance to preview and decide the world we want to visit and explore. However, exploration of these unknown worlds is not going to be easy and players will have no way to know whether the life that inhabits a particular planet will be amicable or hostile
- Moreover, there is ample discord brewing in between the different planetary inhabitants, and humanity will be caught in the midst of a massive interplanetary war. The humans' role in the battle that ensues will be key in deciding whether or not there will be a place for them in the new galaxy.
- Characters: The last three games in the Mass Effect series all had Commander Shepard as their protagonist. What was unique about the previous playable character was that it was available in both a male and a female avatar, and players could take their pick as to which gender they wanted to play as. This trend will also be seen in Mass Effect 4, but there will be no Commander Shepard anymore.
- Timeline: The story commences during a time that is set somewhere between that of Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 when several races decide to set forth what is known as the Andromeda Initiative. In it, each race will send parts of their population to be boarded on Arks and set on their way to the Andromeda. Each race has to select a Pathfinder to guide them on a journey that will span more than 600 years. The Ryder twins' father, Alec Ryder, was the chosen Pathfinder for the humans. And his children, despite not being seasoned in such matters, will have an important role to play in the future of humanity. The game begins after the humans wake up from their long slumber to find that they have arrived at the Andromeda.
Instead, the new game will introduce the Ryder siblings, children of an N7 commander. This pair will consist of a brother and sister duo, and once again, the player will be able to choose between anyone of the two to play as.
However, if we decide to play as the male Ryder character, for instance his will be his companion in his expeditions. Interaction between the two will be a highlight of the new game, and players will be greatly aided during their navigation by it.
Other significant characters in the game include the Pathfinder for the human race Alec Ryder, along with Cora Harper and Liam Kosta. Besides them, there will be several significant characters from other races. Most notable among them are Peressalia B'Sayle, Nakmor Drack, Vetra Nyx, Jaal, Kallo Jath, and Lexi T'Perro. For fans of Game of Thrones, Lexi will be voiced by none other than Natalie Dormer, who played our beloved Queen Margaery.
- Weapons and Vehicles: Considering that the new game will take a massive leap in time, it makes sense to assume that it will bring in new weapons and futuristic weapons types. We have already seen some of those in the trailers, but surely the best ones are yet to be unveiled only when game launches. One of the most basic things that will aid the player at all times is his or her suit. We will also have several functional tools like scanners at their disposal.
- Mass Effect 4 Andromeda will also completely reinvent the vehicles that we have seen so far. This will be in order to further the theme of immersive exploration.
- New and unknown planetary terrains mean that there will be new means of traversing across them, so the new game will feature a number of vehicle types ranging from aerial to ground vehicles. But one of the most remarkable vehicles that will be reintroduced in the new game will be a reinvented version of the original game's Mako. The new Mako, named the Nomad, will be upgraded to benefit land travel across the unfamiliar and difficult surfaces.
- As the new game is said to be a successor of sorts to the 2007 original game, this will also mark a hearkening back. The game will also feature a new space explorer named the Tempest for the player to be in command of.
- In addition, here will also be several Arks, each with its own Pathfinder, that will carry the survivors out of the Milky Way. The two that will carry human passengers are the Hyperion and the Nexus.
- Multiplayer: Like Mass Effect 3 before it, Mass Effect 4 will also have a co-op multiplayer. But while in the earlier game the multiplayer impacted the solo campaign, the one in the new game will be unique. Additionally, the multiplayer in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be a distinct call for action for players, requiring them to be more attacking and faster on their feet.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay
Mass Effect 4, like its predecessors, will be an action RPG playable from the third person perspective- meaning that the player will have to control rather than assume the role of Ryder while playing. But the gameplay mechanics will greatly vary, beginning right with the playable character. So while the earlier games required the player to choose from among several character classes each of which was equipped with their own unique skill sets, Mass Effect: Andromeda's protagonist will be a free-to-evolve character type. This means that Ryder's skills will not be limited, but can be developed as the game proceeds. This new skill system makes the character much more realistic and relatable. Moreover, players will also have the freedom to experiment with different abilities without losing their progress.
The open world setting will offer wide opportunities for space and interplanetary travel, and each world will have different kinds of environments that will have unique impacts on the protagonist.
In terms of navigation, players will be put at a vantage point on board the Tempest so that they can get a good look around and settle on a planet to explore. They will also be able to partake in Boss fights (there is a Boss on each planet). But if they go unbeaten the first time, players can always come back later when they have leveled up sufficiently.
Mass Effect 4, unlike its predecessors, will have a lot of loyalty missions to partake in, which aligns perfectly with the emphasis on the theme of exploration. After the player successfully beats the game, he or she will have the chance to restart. But this time, there will be a lot of added bonuses that were absent during the first time. They will also be able to switch the Ryder they chose the first time, or continue as things were.
The character's suit will provide with ample protection against biohazards alongside aiding them to perform various exploratory functions, like leaping across considerable distances. Sci-fi type tools will be another addition to the new game. One, in particular, is a scanner that can help you look for anything ranging from objects to people, and even analyse environments. Players can essentially "craft themselves", by assessing the condition of their suits and upgrading the parts that they need for survival.
Besides featuring realistic movements, the character in the game will also have the freedom to converse and interact with other NPCs as well as forge his or her own relationships. The latest gameplay trailer also gives us a look at the branching dialogue that remains a trademark of the series. Another thing to look forward to in the new game is the co-op multiplayer mode. Interestingly, the multiplayer of Mass Effect: Andromeda will be tied to the game's single player campaign while also being independent. It will demand more attacking moves from players rather than allowing them to be on the defence for long. There will be weapons packs and kits up for buying to be used in-game, but you also stand the chance to come upon them by sheer luck.
Mass Effect: Andromeda- the beginning of a new series?
It is no secret that the creators are situating the upcoming game outside of the original Mass Effect trilogy. But new reports suggest that Mass Effect 4 will, in fact, be the start to a new story trilogy based on the Andromeda arc. The reason for these surmises was provided by none other than Mac Walters, who said that there is the possibility for Mass Effect: Andromeda to become a full-fledged series in its own right, though it is not known what direction it will take. He even hinted that key elements from the game may make a return in the next game, and it may do players good to save their points from Mass Effect 4. Watch out for that cliffhanger at the end.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer and Gameplay Footage
Thanks to the devs, we have several official videos that have given us a look at how the game will look. While the initial teaser trailer was high on energy, the cinematic reveal trailer gave us a gorgeous, and nostalgic, peek into the backbones of the storyline. They even featured Jennifer Hale's (the voice of the female Commander Shepard from the earlier games) voice narrating the introduction.
- Coming to the gameplay footages that we have seen, an early one gave us a look at how the game (it was still in development at the time), would look on the PS 4 Neo. But later chunks from the actual game gave us many things to be excited about. The Nomad, the weapons, the suit's abilities, the environments (which can both be scary and mesmerising), all point towards something to really look forward to. Take a look at them below.
Mass Effect 4 Announcement Trailer
Mass Effect Andromeda Cinematic Reveal Trailer
Mass Effect 4 (Andromeda) Official Gameplay Reveal
Mass Effect: Andromeda Release Date
After a series of delays, Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently lined up for release on March 21, 2017, in the US. This will be followed by a European launch two days later on March 23. The game has been in development for a fair bit of time, with the creators revealing the fact that they were working on a new Mass Effect game back in 2012.
Being a new game that reinvents the series in many ways, the pressure to reach perfection is blinding. But from what we have seen, Mass Effect 4 will be nothing short of gorgeous as well as an outstanding experience. As for the platforms, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be playable on the Windows PC, Xbox One, and PS 4. The creators recommend 4K resolution to play the game at its best, so those who own a PS 4 Pro are in luck.
Mass Effect- Announced- October 4, 2005
Release Date- November 20, 2007
Mass Effect 2- Announced- March 17, 2009
Release Date- January 26, 2010
Mass Effect 3- Announced- December 11, 2010
Release Date- March 6, 2012
Mass Effect: Andromeda- Announced- June 15, 2015
Release Date- March 21, 2017
Few Last Words....
Our impressions about Mass Effect 4 are nothing short of extraordinary. The creators have set a new bar for themselves, and it seems that they are pretty close to achieving it. Also considering that the story will be a new one, we can't wait to find out what's in store for the future. However, we are certain that we'll find out more about the game in the time remaining between now and when it releases. Until then stay tuned and read our in-depth analyses about the game's aspects. Don't forget to let us know why you want to be part of the Andromeda Initiative in the comments below.