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Mass Effect’s Andromeda Initiative welcome video offers even more new details

Susana Polo
 

And an exclusive in-game item BioWare just released a brand new trailer for its highly anticipated continuation of the Mass Effect franchise, Mass Effect: Andromeda. But there are even more revealing details to be found in the welcome video for the Andromeda Initiative: the developer’s in-fiction homepage for hopeful space explorers looking to gear up for 600 years of cryosleep on a journey to another galaxy.

The bulk of that welcome briefing is the above video, introduced and narrated by Jien Garson, who calls herself the founder of the Andromeda Initiative. But if users sign into the site with their Origin Accounts, they are able to access additional pockets of information about the Initiative, the planets it expects to explore in the Heleus Cluster of the Andromeda galaxy, and the "Pathfinder," a person who is a "blend of elite soldier, scientist, and guide" who’ll be leading humanity’s efforts.

Must Read What we learned about Mass Effect: Andromeda from its E3 trailer The Mass Effect community has long suspected that Mass Effect: Andromeda will concern the results of a secret (or, at least, secret from the characters of Mass Effect 3) mission to send an Ark of galactic refugees from our Milky Way galaxy to our closest neighbor, Andromeda. Presumably, the goal of such a mission would be to preserve the cultures of the Milky Way, in the seemingly very likely event that the Galaxy’s space-faring races would soon be overrun and massacred by the Reapers.

Indeed, there’s little way that BioWare could continue the story of Mass Effect after the ending of the third game without removing that story from our galaxy entirely. The three endings of the game, though controversial, would each have a different, long-term affect on the species of the Milky Way.

The way Garson introduces the Andromeda Initiative jives closely with those suspicions. According to Garson, Andromeda recruits are preparing for 600 years of cryostasis aboard the Ark Hyperion, one…

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