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In Mass Effect Andromeda, humans are the invading alien force

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Mass Effect Andromeda story details leak

Mass Effect might have been a trilogy about interplanetary politics and the hierarchy the human race found themselves embroiled with when discovering new galaxies, but it still managed to place humanity pretty high up on the food chain. Andromeda however, the start of a brand new sequel in what sounds like a different part of the universe, is flipping that notion on its head. Humans are the diplomatic, peaceful race this time. Instead, we’re the invasion.

That’s the idea you could strip from a recently leaked marketing survey for the third-person pace-bound RPG, which EA is gearing up to launch early next year. The questionnaire features a rather revelatory blurb which spills a lot about the direction and narrative Andromeda will tackle. You can read it in full below.

“Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way, where players will lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory – where WE are the aliens – opposed by a deadly indigenous race bent on stopping us.

“Experience the freedom to traverse and explore a planet-dense but seamless open-world galaxy, rich with discovery. Play as the leader of a squad of military-trained experts in an intense third-person shooter, with deep progression and customisation systems.

“This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival in the Andromeda galaxy.”

The first paragraph is the most interesting, suggesting that humans are now the invaders to a strange new land that will have to be fought over for control. Does that make us the new bad guys? EA doesn’t think so, labelling the new alien races you’ll encounter as dangerous and hostile. Playing as the new Pathfinder protagonist, its your job to ensure colonisation goes smoothly. or something like that.

In addition to that, the blurb also makes reference to more free exploration, which could mean that flying between planets is a little more interactive than brining up a map and setting a course. Actually flying between float rocks of land could be captivating, and lend itself to new exploration mechanics beyond the strange Mako. That would be something.

Mass Effect Andromeda is expected to make a big splash during EA’s Play Event during E3 week in June, so and even bigger one when it reaches orbit by the very latest March next year. Its coming out on Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Last Updated: March 30, 2016


  1. So they’re going for realism, then?


    • miaau

      March 30, 2016 at 15:08

      Avatar, the movie, the not the Airbender. Big Blue people.


  2. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    March 30, 2016 at 14:10

    As long as there aren’t any of those bloody meteor dodging, fly-by, nearly wrecked our ship, forced stages, I’m happy…


  3. Original Heretic

    March 30, 2016 at 14:16

    So…humans are swooping into this new galaxy, intent on grabbing land wherever they can find it to make a new home for themselves. And the race of creatures that lives there reacts violently. Yet they’re the dangerous and hostile ones?


    • For the Emperor!

      March 30, 2016 at 14:18

      Exactly…would we not also react in such a way if something like Independence Day (movie) happened?


      • Original Heretic

        March 30, 2016 at 14:32

        Nah, I reckon humans would try and breed with their new alien overlords. “Something NEW to %@&#?!? Bring it here!!”


        • Aries

          March 30, 2016 at 15:45

          Both your comments makes sense


        • For the Emperor!

          March 30, 2016 at 22:32

          Case in point – Asari!


  4. Jac7

    March 30, 2016 at 14:18

    I have never been so anxious to see actual gameplay of a game. Bring it.


  5. Jim Hogan (Banana Hulk Hogan)

    March 30, 2016 at 14:29

    Only Alien Jeff Goldblum can save them from those murderous humans….


    • Cyberats

      March 30, 2016 at 19:40

      The original fly on the wall…


  6. Just_Found_A_Typo

    March 30, 2016 at 14:30

    “Humans are the diplomatic, peaceful race this time. Instead, we’re the invasion.”

    “smoothly. or something like that.”

    “Actually flying between float rocks of land could be captivating”

    “Its coming out”

    PLEASE review your article before posting.


    • HvR

      March 30, 2016 at 14:43

      *GASP* It is the Admiral in casual drag!!!!


    • miaau

      March 30, 2016 at 15:08

      Not just this article.

      I just find that I read past these things now, as I just want to read a bit of gaming stuff, see some comments and post some crap and move on.


      • HvR

        March 30, 2016 at 15:33

        I jut start my day off by reading couple of articles on local news websites; sets the expectation bar so low that everything else feels like it was written by Hemingway and Twain.


        • miaau

          March 30, 2016 at 15:38

          I wish that was funny because it was so obviously not true.

          News sites, iol, News24, are, it seems to me, streets better in terms of grammar and spelling than, say, 5 years ago.


          • HvR

            March 30, 2016 at 15:54

            That is probably they (iol and news24) rarely post self generated content these days.

            Stopped reading all 24 sites except for nuus24, after Property24 advice article written by journalist who clearly had no understanding of compounded interest and tax brackets.

            Other site is EWN who clearly does no proof reading.

      • Cyberats

        March 30, 2016 at 19:41

        I just want his job, I can do better, I know how to use a spellchecker properly and I can copy and paste quickly. I also edit my errors, so there, pay me.


  7. miaau

    March 30, 2016 at 15:07

    Good ending: Stop the race that is enslaving the others and move humans to the (coincidently) plenty of unused worlds, working with the local’s of the galaxy towards a bright future
    Neutral: Stop the “deadly” race with military force and take planets, but do not subjugate those that did not attack
    Bad: Subjugate and take all you see by force, setting up an empire of multiple species under the human banner, whether they wanted it or not. Tell them it is for their own good. Which it is, cause other choice was genocide.


    • Mossel

      March 31, 2016 at 08:07

      That bad ending sounds like what the British did back in the day lol


    • Sageville

      March 31, 2016 at 09:22

      I’d go for a complete genocide victory, then you can write up the history without any inconvenient opposing views and spin the victory as “Underdog overcomes deadly evil conquering force”….


  8. konfab

    March 30, 2016 at 15:20

  9. chimera_85

    March 30, 2016 at 15:57

    Fuck me sideways I cannot wait for this. I just hope my PC can handle it at high at least, luckily it does just that with Battlefront and NFS 2015/6


  10. Ghost In The Rift

    March 30, 2016 at 16:35

    So basically the 1st Contact War in a different galaxy? Turian’s got to be loving this.


  11. Cyberats

    March 30, 2016 at 19:38



  12. Kaihaku

    March 31, 2016 at 05:15

    Sounds like Xenoblade Chronicles X.


  13. Mossel

    March 31, 2016 at 08:08

    Fuck yes! I’m ready to colonise the shit out of some new galaxy. Staying true to my roots! xD


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