New story details for Mass Effect: Andromeda become known thanks to the release of a new trailer for the forthcoming science fiction RPG's Andromeda Initiative.
With today being BioWare's N7 Day celebration, it's safe to say that plenty of Mass Effect: Andromeda fans are well aware of the studio's release of the game's first major cinematic trailer. Of course, with this being the case, those interested in the science fiction franchise are surely champing at the bit to learn as much as they can about Mass Effect: Andromeda before its launch next year.
Luckily enough, some brand new story details for Mass Effect: Andromeda have been revealed thanks to a previously unlisted trailer for what is known as the game's Andromeda Initiative. The video presents itself as an orientation for the title's space exploration program, and it doles out key bits of information about humanity's universal search for a new planet for colonization.
As seen in the Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative trailer below, details regarding the mission are provided by its founder, Jian Garson, and is cautiously pitched as a "one-way trip." Throughout the course of the clip, the character offers plenty of pre-departure information and makes nods to forthcoming survival training for the mission, as it's discussed how exploring space for a new planet will operate.
As stated in the video above, "600 years from now you will awake from cryostasis on the outskirts of the Andromeda galaxy. Most of you will be aboard Arc Hyperion while the rest will travel on the Nexus with me." There are three other Arcs and each one has "a separate species" on board, with all of them leaving from the Milky Way at the same time.
Not to mention, "each Arc is assigned its own Pathfinder," which is the main character of Mass Effect: Andromeda that is described as "a blend of elite soldier, scientist, and guide who is tasked with finding a new home." For those unaware, the actual protagonists are siblings in the game, so should one make their character female, her male counterpart will be her brother, and vice-versa.
As far as the aforementioned "new home" is concerned, long-range sensors have sent out signals and identified "Golden Worlds" within the helios cluster of Andromeda, with these being what each of the individual Arcs are seeking out. Over the next few months, fans who subscribe to the newsletter for the Mass Effect: Andromeda Inititative will get details involving Arc overviews, ground and space vehicle certification, outpost establishment guidelines, as well as first contact protocols in case new species are discovered during exploration. Furthermore, those that sign up will also receive "weapons, biotics, and survival training."
Taking all of these highly detailed plans into consideration, it seems as if BioWare is now prepared to begin promoting Mass Effect: Andromeda with all of its resources, possibly indicating that its tentative early 2017 release date is going to remain firmly in place. However, considering the game's past postponements — it was initially scheduled to drop at the end of 2016, for instance — the potential's still there for the studio to push it back again. As a matter of fact, during Electronic Arts' latest financial briefing, CFO Blake Jorgensen stated it would delay the release of the game if it's not ready in time, which is understandable, but hopefully not a move that needs to be made.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently scheduled to release during the first quarter of 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.