Mass Effect Andromeda was announced. Let’s check it out screen by screen and see what we can figure out.
If you haven’t seen the Mass Effect Andromeda trailer, you can watch it right here before we pick it apart
Ready to go? Awesome. First, we watch an N7 soldier swiping between locations on an visual interface all set to a western song. First up is a desert area:
Then an ice planet with what looks like bioluminescent fluid running over the landscape in rivers, complete with a cave that will no doubt hold a lot of enemies you’ll have to shoot:
Next looks like a barren, almost acidic environment that seems to be a cross between Venus-inspired and the fungus from The Last Of Us. We’re willing to bet you’re going to be keeping your helmet on when exploring this one:
Now, a rocky moon you’ll probably be using to mine metals. Note the lack of pressure domes. This is going to be an environment without an atmosphere. Maybe they’ll implement a gravity system and have this be lower if the mass of the planetoid is small?
Now we have a lush, mountainous vista with massive flying creatures reminiscent of dragons. Maybe you’ll have to fight them, if they want to take a page from Dragon Age.
Lastly, we have a volcanic setting with what look like either pillars of smoke and fire… or tornadoes of smoke and fire. It’ll probably be best to avoid those.
Our N7 Soldier scrolls back to the desert planet and touches the display with their finger, which brings up a display like the galaxy map from the original games:
We’re then treated to a field of stars that warp into an FTL tunnel from the other games. The N7 soldier has just ordered his ship to travel to the desert planet.
When they arrive, the N7 soldier prepares to go out and kick ass, checking their omni tool and readying they’re pistol. In game, it’s likely this is the part where you check your gear for you and your team, but the for the purposes of the trailer it’s pistol whipping time. Notice the soldier’s helmet, which is quite different from Sheppard’s with the own bubble configuration.
Next we’re cutting to the Mako, which seems to be fast as hell and very agile, especially considering the sandy terrain.
Then we see our N7 soldier using jump jets on their suit, which will probably be a double jump option for traversing environments.
The N7 Soldier grabs onto a ledge, which will probably be like a movement animation we’ll see in game.
Then they out into the desert to see structures rising out of the desert, which we’re willing to bet belong to an ancient alien civilization whose technology probably will be the key to saving or destroying the galaxy.
The N7 soldier rushes, Omniblade at the ready…
And then jumps up to strike. Could this be a new opening move in battle depending on your class?
Lastly, we’re treated to a full, clear body shot of the N7 soldier in all their glory. Check out that spiffy armor.
Where can I find out more info about the game?