Mass Effect: Andromeda’s cast were alive before Shepard stopped the Reapers

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Here's when Mass Effect Andromeda takes place

So you’ve seen that brand new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer right? And how you’re going to take up the mantle of Pathfinder, leading an expedition of humans to a new galaxy far beyond the one we all explored in the original trilogy? Andromeda might be a new start for the BioWare franchise, but fans are still itching to find out just how these new faces connect to the old. And more specifically, where Shepard fits in to all this.

The answers to those questions were settled last night, shortly after the trailer went live. A new timeline detailing the expedition shows precisely where the new crew fits in to the grand scheme of things. And technically, this new cast might never have known that Shepard came back to life after the events of the Mass Effect 2 opening.

Surviving the attack on the Citadel in 2183 CE, Shepard was presumed dead after an attack on the Normandy later that year. He was only then resurrected by Cerberus two years later – coincidentally the exact same year the Andromeda Expedition set off on their 600 year long journey. Inducing all crew members in a cryo-sleep, this new cast kicks off their adventure sometime in 2785 CE. That’s well after the events of the Reaper attack, and entirely disconnected from that trilogy’s history.

So there are dangling threads to the past that will most likely come up in backstories and chatter, but nothing too intricate that you’ll have to remember the events of all three games. Because these new characters don’t even realise it’s happened, which opens the door to the fresh start the franchise has been promising since reveal. And that’s exciting to me, because it means there’s a whole host of new stories just waiting to be told in this new universe.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is out in Spring 2017, which kicks off in the Northern Hemisphere in the last week of March.

Last Updated: November 8, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff's a bastard.

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