Normandy Day, perhaps better known as N7 Day to you Mass Effect fans, has come and gone but, with it, a certain Commander has one final message for you starry-eyed explorers just waiting for Mass Effect Andromeda to arrive. That message makes for an inspiring video, which only makes the wait for Andromeda that much more difficult.
You usually have to wait for a game to launch before you can enjoy its empowering speeches about uniting as one, reaching for the stars, not going blindly into the night and all of that jazz. For this year's N7 Day, the team at BioWare wants to remind everyone what they have to look forward to when Mass Effect Andromeda finally takes flight, and they've achieved that goal with a tingles-inducing trailer.
It's a simple message, but an effective one. It's time for the world to move on, and you and your crew will provide the road map and means necessary to support that exodus. Mass Effect Andromeda will take place years after the events of the first Mass Effect trilogy, but the events that happened there have set the stage for your next great space opera.
To celebrate all things Mass Effect, the BioWare team has established Nov. 7 as N7 Day; a day to share your Mass Effect stories with others, as well as prepare for the adventures ahead. The above trailer was released as part of this year's N7 day, and hopefully not many more will pass before we actually have Andromeda in our hands.
BioWare Community Manager David Hulegaard dropped the trailer off at the PlayStation Blog over the weekend, sharing some of his own fond memories from the Mass Effect series as well.
I remember the tingles I felt after becoming the first human Spectre. I remember the excitement of pursuing a romantic endeavor with Liara… then Miranda… then Tali (my Shepard broke a few hearts along the way, apparently). I remember fighting the human Reaper in a state of genuine panic. I remember 'M4 (Part II)' by Faunts playing as the credits rolled, and I caught my breath. I remember leaking a few tears after my final goodbye with Garrus: “Go out there and give them hell. You were born to do this.” There’s no Shepard without Vakarian, after all.
It takes a special series to illicit those kinds of reactions, which is why N7 day was established in the first place. Similar to Star Wars and May the Fourth, it's a chance to let a very specific nerd flag fly and know that you are surrounded by like-minded individuals.
Now comes the tough part: Waiting for more news on Mass Effect Andromeda.