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What do we know from the new Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer?

Susana Polo
 

"We made it. " The trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda shown at EA's 2016 E3 press conference was slight on big reveals, especially for a game that will be out within the year — and one that has shown precious little else to fans since its teaser trailer at E3 2015. But according to producer Michael Gamble, there's still plenty for alert fans to tease out of the footage, so let's see what we can see, shall we?

Here's your new Normandy — the Tempest A new galaxy full of new planets, new species and new technology demands a new ship, and that ship is the Tempest, which would seem to confirm at least some of the details in an unsubstantiated and leaked survey that cropped up online about a year ago. Here's your new Shepard — Rider Or Ryder. Maybe.

The framing of this shot, and its place in the trailer, points towards the significance of a main character, and we may already know their name. When EA released its first teaser trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda last year, it confirmed that the use of Johnny Cash's "Ghost Riders in the Sky" was deliberate and significant. Previous Mass Effect games have focused on the adventures of Commander Shepard, named after Alan Shepard, the first American in space.

From that, fans have inferred that our new Mass Effect protagonist may go by the name Rider or Ryder — presumably in homage to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space. Krogan and salarians and asari, oh my If the teaser is opaque on who the main character is,…

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