Developers at EA and BioWare created a new setting for their next project Mass Effect: Andromeda. Although there have not been any major updates thus far, we can see that the new entry for the Mass Effect franchise tries very hard to make science fiction seem real based on the new teaser trailer shown at this year’s E3.
As the name suggests, Mass Effect: Andromeda will take place in the Andromeda Galaxy, the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way. This has a new protagonist named Ryder, and the story takes place after the Mass Effect trilogy. In the original trilogy, relays were only capable of interstellar travel, but in the latest Mass Effect game, these devices are already capable of travelling from one galaxy to another.
The trailer shows a spaceship coming out at light speed travel and one of the game’s characters waking from sleep. GameSpot says that this scene indicates that humans finally developed the cryo technology that will allow them to travel enormous distances and survive.
There is no clear explanation to this feat but it is possible that those civilizations that survived the Reaper purge solved the secret to intergalactic travel by studying the relays. It could also be that these spaceships are basically catapulted into the vast distance in space.
The new setting could also provide BioWare with some flexibility and creativity. The game is famous for its thorough depiction of worlds and their inhabitants, so it’s most likely that Mass Effect: Andromeda will also introduce us to new worlds and personalities from the Andromeda Galaxy.
Scientists speculate that the Andromeda Galaxy will collide with the Milky Way four billion years from now. However, it’s unlikely that Mass Effect: Andromeda will take this into account.
BioWare and EA said that Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled to be released in early 2017.