Did a Mass Effect survey reveal horde mode, city building and game size?

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The next Mass Effect is highly anticipated. I know I’m desperate to know more about what’s going on in that universe and I’m certainly not the only one. While this is pure rumor and shouldn’t be taken too much to heart, a new survey might have just revealed some details about the upcoming game. Of course, these should be taken with a grain or two of salt, as well as a celebratory margarita.

Over on Reddit, a user explained that he did a survey about Mass Effect 4 and found out a ton of details. According to him, the next Mass Effect game takes place in the Helius Cluster, far removed by time and space from the events of the Mass Effect trilogy. You are a pathfinder, leading an expedition into the Andromeda Galaxy to establish a new home for humanity. Of course, along the way you’ll need to collect resources, build colonies, and handle warring alien races.

Along the way, you will encounter the remains of a once powerful and mysterious alien race, the Remnant, whose forgotten technology holds the key to gaining power in this region of the galaxy. As you uncover who the Remnant were, and the mysteries their ruins contain, you are drawn into a violent race to find the source of their forgotten technology that will determine the fate of humanity.

Of course your crew will play an important part in all of this. You’ll need to select the ideal crew for each mission, as well as make decisions about how to handle their various loyalty missions. Meanwhile, you’ll be developing colonies, resource bases and settlements as you spread across the galaxy. You’ll need to defend these, upgrade them and make strategic choices about what they will focus on. From mining settlements that give you resources to recon settlements that clear the fog of war.

We already knew that multiplayer would feature in the new Mass Effect. There will be Strike Team missions that can either be completed by hired guns or you can do them yourself with a group of multiplayer friends. These are based on the various thematically appropriate situations of defending your settlements or assassinating enemies. If you chose to do it yourself in multiplayer, it will run according to Horde Mode:

The next Mass Effect’s “Horde” multiplayer pits you and up to three of your friends against waves of enemy troops on various battlefields throughout the galaxy. Players fight together to survive increasingly difficult enemy attacks and accomplish objectives, like disabling a bomb near a colony base or assassinating a target. Progress through multiplayer missions to gain XP and earn new multiplayer specific weapons, characters, weapon mods, and pieces of equipment, which can be customized between matches. Multiplayer play will also earn you APEX funds (in-game currency), which can be used to purchase items and gear in the Single Player game.

With a game promising to be over four times the size of Mass Effect 3, I’m already in awe. I really hope at least some of these rumors are true and I’m desperate for them to show this at E3. I absolutely need to get my hands on this. or at least my eyeballs.

Last Updated: April 20, 2015

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