Mass Effect Andromeda Catch-All

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Cross posting info from the neogaf thread that is essentially live-blogging the ComiCon panel:

http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthre...

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- gender selection will remain in the next ME as it is an important part of the franchise.
- No announcements on player race .. Yet
- Team reiterates that it is not Shepard's story and that this story one is brand new.

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-"Spiritual successor" vibe for the next
-"It's ingrained in us to give players as much choice as possible" - @GambleMike #MassEffect
-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"
-"Not playing as Shepherd, and Shepherd is not important to story - new uncharted areas. #SDCC"
-"New Mass Effect is focused on exploration of planets, Mako is meant to be fast travel on them. #SDCC"

Whelp, they've lost my interest already...

It's rare that I enjoy an open world game. And so far this sounds like one... like so many seem to think they need to be after Skyrim.

So I'm understanding this may or may not actually be a Mass Effect game. :p

Mantid wrote:

-"Spiritual successor" vibe for the next
-"It's ingrained in us to give players as much choice as possible" - @GambleMike #MassEffect
-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"
-"Not playing as Shepherd, and Shepherd is not important to story - new uncharted areas. #SDCC"
-"New Mass Effect is focused on exploration of planets, Mako is meant to be fast travel on them. #SDCC"

Whelp, they've lost my interest already...

It's rare that I enjoy an open world game. And so far this sounds like one... like so many seem to think they need to be after Skyrim.

So I'm understanding this may or may not actually be a Mass Effect game. :p

Or...it's a return to the exploration elements of the first game of the series.

nel e nel wrote:

Or...it's a return to the exploration elements of the first game of the series.

Considering the trilogy is done, a return to the gameplay of the first Mass Effect (especially the exploration and focus on RPG) would be welcomed by me.

It's all too beautiful.

I still have barely touched Mass Effect 1, but that horned lizard (?) gif is freakin' me out, man.

I still have barely touched Mass Effect 1, but that horned lizard (?) gif is freakin' me out, man.

Really curious as to where they're going with this. ME, despite it's many flaws, is one of my favorite franchises. Do to the grandeur of scope of the first trilogy, I honestly have no idea where they're going with this, but I remain curious.

And maybe cautiously optimistic. The ending fiasco was such a big thing, I doubt they'll repeat a blunder of that magnitude. Still though...everything can happen.

All I know is it's gonna be tough to top such amazing characters like Mordin, Tali, Garrus, Thane, Legion, Wrex... We'll see.

MORE MULTIPLAYER. PLEASE.

video footage of the new Mako, via Escapist:

nel e nel wrote:

video footage of the new Mako

I guess it's just a prototype as this point, but to me it looks like a low profile Warthog with no turret and an extra axle. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just a curious observation.

Still too early for me. I enjoyed the gameplay elements of Mass Effect, so if they can pull off something that plays as well with a new story, I could be down for it.

MeatMan wrote:
nel e nel wrote:

video footage of the new Mako

I guess it's just a prototype as this point, but to me it looks like a low profile Warthog with no turret and an extra axle. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just a curious observation.

I think there are more similarities between apples and oranges.

Mass Effect is probably one of my favorite game series. I remain cautiously optimistic. The problem with the Mako was lack of weight and too much springiness. They need to tune those dynamics a bit and it'll act much more realistic.

Mantid wrote:

-"Spiritual successor" vibe for the next
-"It's ingrained in us to give players as much choice as possible" - @GambleMike #MassEffect
-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"
-"Not playing as Shepherd, and Shepherd is not important to story - new uncharted areas. #SDCC"
-"New Mass Effect is focused on exploration of planets, Mako is meant to be fast travel on them. #SDCC"

Whelp, they've lost my interest already...

It's rare that I enjoy an open world game. And so far this sounds like one... like so many seem to think they need to be after Skyrim.

So I'm understanding this may or may not actually be a Mass Effect game. :p

My reaction to that list was the exact opposite. And I also rarely enjoy an open world game.

BioWare have been quite vocal in their adoration for Skyrim for a while now. It was an influence in Dragon Age: Inquisition, though they have been keen to point out that this doesn't mean they're making an 'open world' game - just that they want their areas to be bigger and with more to explore off the beaten track.

Either way, i'm really looking forward to hearing something proper about the game. Everything has been so vague so far - i need details.

Those armor designs look like the opposite of what I want. Go back to the clean style of ME1!

I would love to see them do more with this IP than just focusing on huge triple A games. It is ripe for so many genres. Could make an awesome Freelancer type game in this universe. Would make for a good shmup. Could make for a very interesting series of adventure games in the Telltale Games style. Could even make for an interesting RTS or TBS style game (think about something like X-Com with Mass Effect units). It is probably good that they aren't over-saturating the market with Mass Effect stuff, but I would still like to see them branch out a little more.

Mantid wrote:

-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"

So am I reading this wrong, or are they going all Final Fantasy on the franchise?

I haven't played 3 yet, but would it not br possible to follow another main character's story from there?

Zoso1701 wrote:

I haven't played 3 yet, but would it not br possible to follow another main character's story from there?

It would depend on your choice of like 3 endings, all of which suck.

kazooka wrote:
Mantid wrote:

-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"

So am I reading this wrong, or are they going all Final Fantasy on the franchise?

I'd say this is more akin to them just doing a new story that's not attached to the original trilogy in any way, but is still quite similar. I mean, look at the Mako. If it were a FF game it wouldn't be in the same universe for the most part and the Mako would be a flying spaghetti monster with zippers. FF used similar names for spells, summonings and all sorts of errata like crystals and Cid, this sounds a bit more unified than that.

My guess: Quarian focused story.

MeatMan wrote:
nel e nel wrote:

video footage of the new Mako

I guess it's just a prototype as this point, but to me it looks like a low profile Warthog with no turret and an extra axle. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just a curious observation.

Considering the Warthog controlled a lot better than the Mako, I'm all good with that.

I'm basically going to keep my roommate informed, but otherwise I'm pretty meh. It feels rather pointless if so much is up in the air and subject to change, they're clearly just trying to make sure people remember Mass Effect exists since it seems the earliest we'll see the new game is 2016.

garion333 wrote:

My guess: Quarian focused story.

I'd be all over that. Then again, I'd be all over any game set in the Mass Effect universe. Almost.

garion333 wrote:
kazooka wrote:
Mantid wrote:

-"Seems strongly implied that new Mass Effect will be set in totally different galaxy, but will contain familiar elements. #SDCC"

So am I reading this wrong, or are they going all Final Fantasy on the franchise?

I'd say this is more akin to them just doing a new story that's not attached to the original trilogy in any way, but is still quite similar. I mean, look at the Mako. If it were a FF game it wouldn't be in the same universe for the most part and the Mako would be a flying spaghetti monster with zippers. FF used similar names for spells, summonings and all sorts of errata like crystals and Cid, this sounds a bit more unified than that.

In your analogy the mako is a chocobo - and they were mostly unchanged in each game they appeared in.

If they were to go the FF route, I think that they would namely stay with the biotic/tech powers, weapons and armor repeating names, the Mako, maybe a couple places, but that's it. I don't see them pulling a Cid off, much less summons. Does ME have an equivalent to summons?

My guess is, it'll be a game where you're either a merc or a bounty hunter. The series already played with the role with Zaeed. It would explain some of the heavier armor concept art. It would explain why players will spend a lot of time in the Mako (follow target to planet, hunt target on the surface), and why the Mako would be customize-able. It even gives a lot of flexibility to the story, as they can set it during the same time as the original series, yet flip the main objective on you a few times.

Different GALAXY though?! Like, what was wrong with ours? We ran out of alien cultures to explore in our own?

Those armor designs look like the opposite of what I want. Go back to the clean style of ME1!

I hope they don't do that. I found the full-body armours of the first game a little dull - though they definitely gave off a strong, camp, 80's sci-fi vibe.

I much prefer the path they took with Mass Effect 2, where not only Shepard's armour was a little more interesting, but his companions attire was too. I loved how Samara looked like a warrior priestess, Mordin a doctor. In terms of conveying character, i think BioWare have done a really good job with squad outfits since the second game.

Including Miranda, whose catsuit was rather sterile and clinical, and mirrored her actions at several points during the game.

Mantid wrote:

Whelp, they've lost my interest already...

It's rare that I enjoy an open world game. And so far this sounds like one... like so many seem to think they need to be after Skyrim.

Well, after telling people that the first three games were all about your choices and how they matter and have an effect on how things turn out and then ending the story in such a way that none of your choices mattered even one tiny little bit because all the endings were the same... maybe they figured being more open ended was the most sure way of avoiding that in the future.

NSMike wrote:

Different GALAXY though?! Like, what was wrong with ours? We ran out of alien cultures to explore in our own?

Yeah this part has me curious.

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