Video game trailers utilizing licensed music isn’t an uncommon tactic. The music that accompanies these trailers is often used for a variety of reasons: be it as simple background music; something to give the trailer a personality; or the song just fits the tone of the trailer perfectly. It can also be used to tease something more without many people noticing – because while those watching the trailer are taking note of the visuals at the forefront, the background could be offering so much more.
Such is the case with Mass Effect: Andromeda and its debut trailer from E3 2015. At least, according to BioWare Montréal’s studio director Yanick Roy, who has hinted at the idea that the trailer provided more details than we originally thought.
This new round of speculation stems from Roy’s replies to a fan on Twitter that wasn’t too keen on the use of the Johnny Cash song, Ghost Riders In The Sky, that was used in Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s trailer. According to the fan, Johnny Cash doesn’t really fit the Mass Effect universe – though one could argue against that, since very little is known about this new setting.
The studio head, however, explains that the song was chosen for a reason, and it will begin to make sense as more about the game is revealed.
Those suddenly concerned about the style of music in Andromeda shouldn’t worry too much, though. In a follow-up tweet, Roy states that the music heard in the sequel will be “much closer to what you would traditionally associate with ‘Mass Effect music.'”
This still leaves us with trying to figure out the connection between Ghost Riders In The Sky and Mass Effect. But with only the song’s lyrics and one trailer to go on, any ideas will be pure speculation. Still, the Internet being what it is, someone out there is bound to discover something, or come up with a really convincing theory – it wouldn’t be the first time someone proposed a worthwhile theory.
Here’s a small sampling of the song’s lyrics:
An old cowboy went ridin’ out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once a mighty herd of red eyed cows he saw
A-plowing through the ragged sky and up a cloudy draw
Their brands were still on fire and their hooves were made of steel,
Their horns were black and shiny and their hot breath he could feel
A bolt of fear went through him as they thundered through the sky
For he saw the Riders comin’ hard and heard their mournful cry
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release during Holiday 2016 for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Hopefully BioWare will share more about the new universe and the main characters before then.