During Bioware's Mass Effect: Andromeda reveal at Sony's PlayStation Meeting, creative director Mac Walters revealed that the male and female protagonists are in fact siblings.
The recent Sony PlayStation Meeting saw a majority of the attention being directed to the reveal of the company's new PlayStation 4 Pro console, but that's not to say that the event didn't have a number of game-related surprises, particularly for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Not only did the conference play host to the first look at the upcoming title's gameplay via some pre-alpha footage, but Bioware revealed more than the game's environment and character options.
PlayStation Access showcased the new Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K PlayStation 4 Pro gameplay footage on its YouTube channel, and while the footage was nothing we haven't seen already, it did feature a guest commentary from Bioware creative director Mac Walters. Not only did Walters keep things interesting by talking about the game's features, he revealed that not only are both the male and female Andromeda protagonists canon, but both are in fact brother and sister. Depending on which gender players choose to play, the other sibling will be "out there somewhere" in the game's universe, although Walters stopped short of revealing whether players will run into the sibling Ryder at some point in-game.
Check out the 4K PlayStation 4 Pro gameplay footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda right here:
As well as revealing the sibling connection between the male and female Mass Effect: Andromeda protagonists, Walters then revealed that the N7 armor-clad character seen in the E3 2015 reveal trailer was in fact the father of both Ryder siblings, although Walters again stopped short of revealing any more details – such as the character's name.
Given that Bioware recently tweeted that the next big Mass Effect: Andromeda reveal is scheduled for November 7th (better known as N-7 day to fans) it is highly likely that new character details will be unveiled then. For those wanting more information and story details about the game, there's the option of picking up the new series of Mass Effect novels, which will link the narrative between Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda.
This new family dynamic between a number of major characters is something new for the series, and it could potentially go in a direction that will help differentiate Mass Effect: Andromeda from the original trilogy. While there is still a ways to go before the game is released next year, based on what we've seen so far of the gameplay footage and narrative, there are promising signs that Bioware's upcoming title will indeed live up to the hype as one of our most anticipated games.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled for release sometime in Q1 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.