With EA and BioWare releasing more info, news and media trailers for Mass Effect: Andromeda a ton of people have been wondering if this means that the game will be the start of a new trilogy? Well, BioWare was quick to respond by answering that question on social media.
Mac Walters is the creative director on the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda and as he mentions on his Twitter account, just because it's a new game doesn't mean it's the start of a new trilogy. However, it's interesting that he mentions that they already have future adventures planned, just not utilizing the traditional three-act arc that they used to tell the epically sprawling story of Commander Shepard.
Some people were asking Walters about the game because originally he said that Andromeda was not going to be the start of a new trilogy, and this left a lot of people wondering if it would be a one-and-done and the Mass Effect series would be shelved. Well, Walters clarified that it appears as if the new game will be a standalone story but the adventures that follow may center around other characters and conflicts.
This definitely brings into question exactly how long Mass Effect: Andromeda will be and what kind of tale will they be able to tell within that time span? Shepard's story took place over the course of three games, and the first game was definitely more standalone than the two that followed. Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 tied strongly into one another, so perhaps this newest game will be like Mass Effect 1?
There have been a lot of questions raised about the gameplay, story, and characters for BioWare's title, and while we've learned some things about Andromeda, there's a lot that's still left as a mystery, even when they just released a new trailer for the game that lightly covers the story.
For now, we do know that players will take on the role of a Pathfinder, and that the story takes place after the catastrophic events of Mass Effect 3. There will be new weapons and powers for players to utilize and obviously they've brought back the Mako, so you can travel to various locations on the surface of planets to uncover new secrets and mysteries.
Another big focus on the new game is on the graphics being kicked up a notch on the PS4 Pro compared to the Xbox One and PS4. BioWare has frequently touted the game's 4K output for Sony's system, which should be interesting to see in action when the benchmarks arrive.
The trailer also revealed some huge boss fights and a lot of new enemies that gamers will face off against.
There's also various new companions that will join the new protagonist this time around, but considering that Mass Effect: Andromeda is not a trilogy, that means that whoever you meet in the new game will only develop a relationship with the new character for as far as this contained story will allow, which should make for some interesting story developments.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is due for release this upcoming spring in 2017 for the Xbox One, PC, PS4 and PS4 Pro.