After the anti-climax that was Mass Effect 3 we have all been waiting on tender hooks for a detailed trailer for Andromeda, the next installment of the series. The new N7 day trailer certainly gave us some answers, but more questions as well.
Let’s start with answers, the new protagonist (to start) will be Alec Ryder. However, as the story progresses he will be replaced by his son/daughter, who you will play as the main character.
The game starts midway between Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3. It will take place in a new galaxy, away from Earth and the Milky Way, called Andromeda where humans and other races will look to colonize planets, and start afresh. They travel across galaxies on an ark ship which attempts to re-colonize the people of different races.
By the looks of the trailer your party will consist of your character and two companions. One of your companions happens to be an Asari, and the loyalty quest will probably bring back the romances and poor love scenes. There is also the addition, or return of, the Mako, which maybe a nod to the scale of this game.
However the questions outweigh the answers. The first one that came into my mind was; who are the main enemies? Brief glimpses can be seen, as well showing us the Kett, but there are also some strange animal creatures. A sinister voice near the end is probably the main bad guy, but could be just another character in the world. This leaves us a bit puzzled to say the least.
As I mentioned earlier, one area which will need an answer is the scope of the map, and how much exploration this game will involve. Even in comparison to other games in the series, it would have to be bigger. There is a brief mention in the trailer to colonization, and that maybe this area is not as devoid of life, leading to many possible encounters with alien life.
There may be some changes, relating to the success of Dragon Age: Inquisition, as it’s a fun RPG to play which revolutionised the way to play such a game. Classes along with game style may come over from the developers, BioWare, if they see them as useful.
Andromeda will have to surpass the emotions felt regarding the end of the last series, to play a game and have such an emotionless and pointless ending needs to be replaced completely. This means EA need to produce a new series with completely new ideas and concepts. However, this could lead to another failed ending, but hopefully they have learned a lesson. I look forward to seeing if they have.