by Joshua Russo
The worst choice in Mass Effect won’t matter in Andromeda
The ending of the Mass Effect 3 was so controversial that Bioware released a downloadable “extended cut” version to bring a little more closure to disappointed fans of the trilogy. Mass Effect 3 essentially boiled down all of the decisions made over the course of the space opera trilogy down to three not-so-different final endings.
For better or worse, Mass Effect Andromeda will not be massively affected (hehe) by what ending players chose in Mass Effect 3. Eurogamer interviewed Bioware studio head Aaryn Flynn and Bioware Creative Director Mac Walters to discuss exactly how the trilogy’s ending will impact Andromeda:
“We acknowledged it in the endings of Mass Effect 3 and I think that’s where we want to leave it for now,” Flynn said.
“We want this to be a new story and it would be very hard to say it’s a new story but also that you need to understand how [the past trilogy] ended.”
Flynn continued by explaining that Mass Effect Andromeda taking place in an entirely separate galaxy means that the decisions made in the Milk Way galaxy don’t expand much further out into the universe.
“It’s important for us to have elements from the Trilogy for fans to have in the background,” Walters explained. “Ultimately this is intended to be a fresh story, but we want to have things for people to find and go ‘oh, I remember that character’.
“There’s a coalition [of Milky Way races],” he added. “We needed to find a way to make sure certain species you’re familiar with come along with you on your journey to meet new ones. As in the tradition of Mass Effect, there will be certain people working together happily, and certain people working together less happily.”
While we didn’t see much of Mass Effect Andromeda at E3 this year, Bioware says the game is still on track for a spring 2017 release and to expect more on N7 day, which for non-Mass Effect fans is November 7.