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 #MassEffectAndromeda, the recently released trailer will get tongues wagging for sure.
Watch Mass Effect: Andromeda's first cinematic trailer:
Here's what #BioWare 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.
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?
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?
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.
WTF Is That?!
For real though.
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!