ByMarlon McDonald, writer at
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Marlon McDonald

600 years after the events of Mass Effect 2 (retconning ahoy), the good ship Hyperion is setting off on its maiden voyage to ferry the best and certainly the bravest humans to the outer most reaches of the galaxy. Why? To find a new home for us planet-hogging beasts. Or so says the premise for BioWare's new tale in the Mass Effect universe.

If those words weren't enough to get you appropriately hyped for the impending , the recently released trailer will get tongues wagging for sure.

Watch Mass Effect: Andromeda's first cinematic trailer:

Here's what has to say about their new game:

Take the role of the Pathfinder, leading humanity's search for a new home in this unexplored and unforgiving region of space. You'll chart your own course, navigating the Andromeda galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find the human race a new home among the stars.

You'll be able to upgrade and customize your gameplay experience with a deep and flexible progression system, and lead your squad into action-packed combat using advanced weaponry, special abilities, and more than a few new tricks.

I'm probably not alone here, but I love the sound of Pathfinder: A highly trained scientist/super soldier—like Will Smith's Robert Neville in that terrible zombie movie—that dives headfirst into alien worlds and either says hello or eradicates the lot of them. That will bring up a lot of interesting moral dilemmas, don't you think?

What? You haven't watched the trailer yet? Well, you might as well have this—

'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Trailer Breakdown

And jump into the know, son!

The Maiden Voyage

So to begin we have an establishing shot of our new space-whip, Hyperion, drifting languidly through space, as the crew of elite-soldiers, part-scientists, part-terraformers are amidst their 600 year slumber, sleeping soundly amongst the stars.

The Fall of Hyperion?
The Fall of Hyperion?

No-One Can Hear You Scream

Until disaster strikes of course, 'cause it wouldn't be fun waiting all these years for a Mass Effect branded sleep simulator. Plus, after that voiceover could we really expect everything to be rosy out in the depths of the galaxy?

Dreaming of the surface of the sun
Dreaming of the surface of the sun

A(nother) Hero Rises

Now time for a real good look at the new generic face of the Andromeda series. And this particular face belongs to the heroic son of Alec Ryder, whose conflicted gaze out toward the sands of whatever planet he's on tells tales of an existential dissension of some sort. Probably wondering how to get the results for the big game he missed 600 years ago.


New Way Home

Here we have our human and Asari Pathfinders venturing their way indoors and coming across a whole bunch of awesome, shiny and floaty things. And some kind of gravity well? Wonder why BioWare chose to include that in the trailer? Does that explain how that lifeform floated in an earlier scene?


Evil Strikes

Here we have glimpses of the new villains, I suppose. Am I alone in thinking they are kinda similar to Mass Effect 2's Collectors? Well... their legs at least.

Villains be villainin'
Villains be villainin'

WTF Is That?!

For real though.

Lost Planet: Andromeda
Lost Planet: Andromeda



Pew, pew
Pew, pew

The Big Bad

And here we have the villain who looks part-Halo mise-en-scene, part-basketball hoop, part-Elizabeth Banks' Rita Repulsa. It's got a thing for choking people too, which isn't very friendly at all. So much for making good impressions at first contact!

So there we have it, a pretty impressive new trailer for a new Mass Effect that manages to pose questions as well as veer far away enough to not answer them. So an impressive and pretty successful trailer then!

What did you make of the trailer? Will you be venturing to Andromeda?


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