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Explore Mass Effect: Andromeda’s new space home and space car

Susana Polo
 

The Mako is dead, long live the Nomad The third of BioWare’s six Andromeda Initiative briefings gives recruits a closer look at the Tempest and Nomad, the ship and all-terrain vehicle, respectively, that will be left under the command of the player in their upcoming game, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Narrated by pilot Kallo Jath, previously confirmed to be a Salarian, the video covers the unique technological abilities of the Tempest — Andromeda’s replacement for the previous Mass Effect trilogy’s beloved SSV Normandy. As the Normandy served as the RPG’s main travel, upgrade and role-play hub, so does the swift and stealthy Tempest. And within the Tempest’s cargo hold lies the Nomad, a six-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle ready to convey the Pathfinder (that is, the player character) and squad across the surface of any planet they encounter.

It also has the ability to scan for the planet’s natural resources and deploy mining drones to collect them. The Nomad stands to replace one of the most polarizing gameplay elements of the original Mass Effect trilogy, the physics-defying Mako rover. Like the Mako, the Nomad comes with a forward boost as well as limited-use downward facing thrusters, the element that allowed its predecessor to rocket itself out of awkward spots — and into places that developers perhaps hadn’t quite intended it to go. And don’t worry, you can also get a sick new paint job for your space car whenever you want.

Fans who find themselves hotly anticipating Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Mar. 21 release date will want to make sure to sign in to BioWare’s in-universe Andromeda Initiative hub and watch the “briefing” to earn an exclusive in-game reward. Update: After reaching out to a BioWare representative, we have determined that the alien pilot of your space home’s name is actually spelled Kallo Jath, not Kalo Jav.

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