Mass Effect: Andromeda looks to be shaking up the formula even more than previously thought. While a new alien race has recently been showcased, some races from the original trilogy are being excluded this time around. Originally published in an interview over at Game Informer, Bioware creative director Mac Walters states: “We’ve designed the IP in such a way that they can all show up… For hopefully obvious reasons, they’re not all going to show up in the first game.”
Some other tidbits of information included are the fact that the game will feature a lighter tone than that of Mass Effect 3, and that the events of the original trilogy will not have a huge impact on the story of Andromeda. “We didn’t want to invalidate anything that people had done in the past, and we wanted to make sure everyone feels like they can be onboard, whether or not they have played before,” Walters states in the interview.
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Clearly, Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be a much different experience than the original trilogy. It seems that Bioware is making it a priority to pull in new fans, but also win back older ones who may have felt cheated by the way Mass Effect 3 concluded.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set for a March 2017 release.