Sunday, June 12, 2016

News: Mass Effect Andromeda footage released!

Okay, guys, okay. Guys. Whoa. We just got a new sort-of-trailer for the next installment in what is not only my favorite game franchises, but one of my favorite works of fiction of all time, Mass Effect. Click for details.

This was amazing. I have to say that, first of all. I really loved this trailer. EA revealed it as part of E3 today, and it did not disappoint. But let's talk a bit about it. 

We hear a narrator describe humanity's endeavors in space exploration. And how Mass Effect: Andromeda takes us further than ever before. We also get some new, incredible imagery and environments and even a little gameplay. Honestly, I'm kind of in a state of shock. I'm not sure I can even write this right now. 

We see a new ship, which could serve as the new Normandy. And it says "Tempest" on the side. Which... okay, I guess. There are worse things to call it. And, frankly, I'm not sure I would have been happy with anything. I'm sure I'll get used to it. Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike it. But I'm not exactly crazy about it either. Regardless, the ship looked amazing, and I can't wait to command it come next year. Assuming it is what I think it is. 

We also see some behind the scenes footage with designers working on the game, as well as a little motion capture. This is scattered throughout the trailer, between incredibly gorgeous shots of different environments and characters. They looked different and interesting, and I can't wait to see what the next console generation can do with the Mass Effect universe. One moment I really liked was seeing a seemingly young Asari with paint over her eyes. This sparks all kinds of questions in my mind. And I love that we're exploring new places all while keeping the universe of the previous games in mind. Think we'll finally get a Volus crew member? That was a joke, BioWare, don't do that. 

We end the trailer with a woman waking up and saying "we made it." This was by far the best moment of the trailer for me. Beyond all the spectacle, Mass Effect has always been a very personal story about relationships. Exploring themes of friendship regardless of race or background. And that moment somehow reminded me of that. The thing I'm looking forward to most is meeting the new characters and learning as much as I can about them. And how they react to this new galaxy and universe. 

All and all, this trailer absolutely blew my mind. I was floored. It definitely had a bit of a Star Trek vibe, and it seems that the game is going to focus on exploration in the Andromeda galaxy. And being a huge astronomy nerd... it makes me feel like this game was made for me. I simply can't wait. 

Mass Effect is currently slated for an early 2017 release, and continues the Mass Effect story with new characters, and of course, a new galaxy. You can watch the trailer by clicking the link below, and stay tuned for more E3 news right here at

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