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Mass Effect novels will answer “many questions fans have been asking”

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Mass Effect Andromeda novels will answer big lore questions

Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t being called a reboot, but it’s for all intents and purposes exactly that. There’s a new team behind it at BioWare, Ii isn’t going to be directly linking to past entries in the series, and it’s set in a whole new part of the universe, with a whole new cast. This doesn’t mean there aren’t some lingering questions as to how this new trilogy will refer back to the one that started it all, and that set to be explored in the recently announced novelizations.

Publisher of the four new upcoming novels Titan has detailed their plans for the series a little more, specifically about how they will tie together some of the older Mass Effect stories, and the imminent newer ones. While some books will introduce new characters and locales, others will answer some of the lingering questions avid fans have concerning the Mass Effect universe, and how it links up with Andromeda.

“The novels will act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga. They will focus on key characters and answer the many questions fans have been asking.”

That sounds a lot more exciting than many  other videogame novel adaptations, and reminds me a lot of the approach Disney took with Star Wars and their highly successful novels leading into the new film trilogy. The first of the four books releases this August, while another two will release in March and September of 2017 respectively. The final in the current run will only land in 2018 – just in time for talk of the Andromeda sequel. Maybe.

There are many questions Andromeda may or may not answer, so it’s nice to see die-hard fans will have other avenues to explore the engrossing universe of Mass Effect. All we can hope for now are novels that are just as interesting as the games they are named after.

 

Last Updated: June 27, 2016

41 Comments

  1. Mass Effect. Warm feelz.

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  2. RinceThis

    June 27, 2016 at 12:06

    Mass Effect, not for people like Trevor *teheeheh

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      June 27, 2016 at 13:01

      ARE YOU CALLING ME SKINNY? O_o

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  3. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    June 27, 2016 at 12:07

    Reading? ugh….

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    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 27, 2016 at 12:17

      I forgot console folk straggul wiff wurdz

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 27, 2016 at 12:26

        But not with games

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        • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

          June 27, 2016 at 12:42

          Indeed, aim assist lending a hand there

          😛

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 27, 2016 at 12:58

            You got mouse assist, now which one works better?

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 27, 2016 at 13:07

            One requires superior handling, the other, pointing in general direction

            😉

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 27, 2016 at 13:33

            Exactly, you have superior handling assisting you

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 27, 2016 at 16:13

            Awwww, shucks, what a nice compliment!

          • Darren Peach

            June 27, 2016 at 13:36

            I challenge you to a Quake match. If we console peasants are so beneath you. On PC, I won’t even practice.

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 27, 2016 at 16:13

            Challenge accepted.
            Gief me game!

          • Darren Peach

            June 28, 2016 at 00:53

            If I beat you, You will be forever banished form using the term console peasant ?

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 28, 2016 at 07:49

            Bring it on ‘console peasant’ 😛

            When can I expect delivery of said game?

          • Darren Peach

            June 29, 2016 at 16:29

            Delivery ?

          • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

            June 30, 2016 at 08:22

            Yes, you are buying it for me, so digital or physical delivery?
            😛

          • Darren Peach

            June 30, 2016 at 23:16

            Nope.

      • Ottokie

        June 27, 2016 at 12:31

        I think I am a good example for PC folk then 😛

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      • Matthew Holliday

        June 27, 2016 at 12:49

        I used to be a good reader too, but then i taked an arrow to the knee.

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        • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

          June 27, 2016 at 12:50

          xD

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    • Ir0nseraph

      June 27, 2016 at 12:28

      Fine I like reading , so I will catch you up over a beer.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        June 27, 2016 at 12:34

        Me too, but I’ve got zero time. Work, pub, playstation. That’s all the time I have

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        • Ir0nseraph

          June 27, 2016 at 12:37

          Well there is always the audiobook version, but you don’t have that thing called traffic.

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          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            June 27, 2016 at 12:59

            I do! I swear, this one car held me up for like 10 seconds while the passenger got out. I almost took out my cricket bat

          • Ir0nseraph

            June 27, 2016 at 13:04

            XD. No that is not traffic.

    • Spy Master Tokashi

      June 27, 2016 at 14:30

      who in their right mind want to read a book if they can play a rpg game… ffs Bioware

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  4. Kromas GG

    June 27, 2016 at 12:14

    I NEED MOAR!!!!!

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    • Admiral Chief Maximum Effort

      June 27, 2016 at 12:17

      ^^

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  5. Matthew Holliday

    June 27, 2016 at 12:17

    I quite enjoyed the previous Mass Effect novels, they were by no means classics in the making, but they added some extra colour to the universe, some of the characters from ME3 were even created in the novels.

    Looking forward to these

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  6. Original Heretic

    June 27, 2016 at 12:30

    Never read any of these. Is the writing any good? The few game tie novels I have picked up read like Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance pulp fantasy. *shudder*

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 27, 2016 at 12:39

      Theyr not terrible, probably about on par with the witcher novels in terms of overall effect.
      the writing doesnt feel inspired or anything, but it doesnt feel like a fan-fiction atleast.

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      • Original Heretic

        June 27, 2016 at 12:42

        If they’re on par with the Witcher novels by Sapkowski, then that’s actually pretty good. Loved those books.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          June 27, 2016 at 12:45

          Sapkowskis writing was a little difficult to follow at times, especially in the Last Wish, although that has more to do with it being the first book and the books seemingly random story structure.

          These are a much easier read, but story wise theyr pretty good, and it ties into and colours the mass effect universe, which is a plus.

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          • Original Heretic

            June 27, 2016 at 12:50

            Bear in mind that some of the difficulty came from it being translations of his original works in Polish.

            And I must admit, I didn’t find the stories to be random at all. I loved the read, thought it was very well put together. He toyed with convention and it worked wonderfully. I thought it was a prime example of a writer knowing his art very well and pushing the boundaries of what was accepted.

          • Matthew Holliday

            June 27, 2016 at 12:55

            Oh, in hindsight I completely agree, but not knowing anything about the novels, the Last Wish felt pretty random untill later in the book, once you get a bit of context though, yeah, quality shit.

  7. The Order of the Banana

    June 27, 2016 at 12:55

    I still think Andromeda is going to suck stinky baby nappies – its reached peak social justice, and history has shown us, if something is filled with too much social justice, it ends up sucking a hobo’s anus.

    https://media.giphy.com/media/CMvLdjfjQnQAg/giphy-facebook_s.jpg

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    • Spy Master Tokashi

      June 27, 2016 at 14:32

      oh someone is very negative on a Monday!

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  8. konfab

    June 27, 2016 at 12:57

    Can they fix Mass Effect Deception whilst they are at it.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      June 27, 2016 at 13:18

      that was an odd one, was technically a fan-fiction right? digital release only with massive holes and contradictions?

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