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is undeniably one of the most anticipated video game releases of the coming months. The franchise has been hugely successful and has spawned a massive following for the universe and the characters that we've come to know and love.

But Mass Effect: Andromeda will be taking us to places we've never gone before — an entirely new galaxy. There has been all manner of speculation about the setting and timeline of the upcoming game, but up until this point, and have stayed mostly silent on the subject, despite a couple of E3 appearances for the game. We know that Mass Effect: Andromeda isn't going to be a prequel and that it won't include our famed protagonist Commander Shepard, but it seems that BioWare is getting ready to finally unveil key information about the new game.

The Buildup To N7 Day

Every year BioWare and Mass Effect fans have come to celebrate on November 7, in honor of the special forces unit that Shepard was once a member of, and this year we're going to finally get the first full trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, before we arrive at the 7th, EA will be dropping little teases for fans to prepare them for the big release. Now, we've got our first taste of that buildup, thanks to a new teaser trailer, titled "Join the Andromeda Initiative."

The teaser doesn't appear to reveal much about Mass Effect: Andromeda, but it most certainly drives home an important message about what this game will entail. We are going to be traveling a very long distance, and the journey the characters will be taking is a huge step for humanity in its quest to explore and survive.

This game is going to be all about exploration, which means the reported revamping of the Mako vehicle makes a ton of sense, since it can provide gamers with a (hopefully) highly mobile means of transportation when landing on a newly discovered planet. The teaser's narration also tells us that:

"The time has come to prepare ourselves for a future that is beyond the Milky Way. A future that begins 600 years from where we stand, in a time and place among unknown stars and unseen dangers. And so we issue this call to the brave, the inquisitive, to the trailblazers of the human race, as an invitation to stand on the shoulders of those who came before, and challenge yourself to go further. Begin your journey. Join the Andromeda Initiative today."

Mass Appeal

The prospects of discovering new civilizations and integrating into fledgling societies sounds incredibly exciting, and right in line with the tone of the Mass Effect series, especially for those who were fans of the slower-paced first game.

Based on what we see in the teaser, we can also assume that the two characters in this teaser are the Ryder siblings who we've begun to learn about. We're also continuing to learn more about the place of the Ryder's in the Mass Effect universe, and it's evident from the suit on the central character that they are likely a fellow N7 member, like Shepard.

But while the armor generally looks the same as Shepard's, this suit is clearly different from that of the commander. For one thing, Shepard never had that bizarre-looking flap around their neck, and Shepard's suit also repeatedly featured the N7 logo on the right side of the chest, whereas the star of this teaser has the N7 logo on their left pec. That change might lead to speculation that these characters come from a different point in time than Shepard — but change alone doesn't tell us exactly when these characters joined the program in comparison to Shepard.

Join Us, Won't You?

So if you're one of the brave, the inquisitive, the trailblazers, and you're looking to join the Ryder siblings on their mysterious journey as early as possible, you can sign up to join the Andromeda Initiative here at EA's website, where you "will be among the first contacted to receive critical mission information, special training opportunities, and will also be eligible for reward upon program completion."

The buildup to Mass Effect: Andromeda has been long, but it seems we'll soon be getting plenty of new information in rapid succession, and if you're willing to sign up for EA's mailing list, you might even get a morsel more. This teaser showed off some incredible visuals and a narration that provides an exciting tone for where the upcoming game will go, but most fans will still be eager to get to N7 day. The real excitement still lies behind the curtain, so fans can't wait to finally see what new intrigue waits in the Andromeda galaxy.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in March 2017. What did you think of the teaser? See anything that might tip us off to what's coming in the next trailer or in the full game? Let us know your thoughts down below!


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