N7 Day roundup: All the news from Bioware’s Mass Effect celebration
Das Effect: New Andromeda trailer and much more.
7 November has officially become N7 day, a day to celebrate all good things about Bioware's successful space opera Mass Effect. With this generation's first Mass Effect title looming, this year's N7 day was bound to be a special one and it didn't disappoint. Here's everything that was announced or revealed on the day.
New Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer
Mass Effect Andromeda's latest trailer was released today, revealing more information about the game than we've had to date.
Aside from the epic sci-fi action we've come to expect from the series, the new Andromeda revealed the male version of our player character, Ryder. This Ryder's sister (also playable) was revealed in the first trailer.
Also teased was what seems to be the game's big baddie. We see the back of a colossal alien that walks towards the brother Ryder and grabs him by the throat. This gesture and the character's Vader-esque voice suggest the character is a huge threat.
Backwards compatibility for Mass Effect 2 and 3
Bioware also announced that Xbox One owners could now download and play Mass Effect 2 and 3 through backwards compatibility.
The Mass Effect series was one of our most-wanted games for backwards compatibility when the initiative was first announced and has constantly topped the fan's suggestions on Xbox feedback.
Mass Effect: Andromeda release date
Another juicy detail revealed at N7 Day was that the game will be released towards the end of March 2017. Assuming no delays, that's just over four months away.
Loyalty missions return
The best kind of side-quest, Mass Effect 2's loyalty missions allowed you to help out your crew mates with various tasks and loose ends they needed to tie. Some were lighthearted and fun, others heartbreaking, but they were all rated highly by fans. That's why it was so odd they were removed for Mass Effect 3.
Creative director Marc Walters said about the loyalty missions: "as a writer, one of the things I loved was the freedom to say 'I know this character is coming along.' so they can carry a lot of the narrative. That made my job easier, but it also made it more fun, because I could tell a more specific story in one of these missions." (thanks, Game Informer)
There will be a multiplayer beta for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Bioware producer Fabrice Condominas revealed via Twitter that a Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer beta will be available to PS4 and Xbox One fans. Unfortunately, a PC beta hasn't been announced, but it also hasn't been officially counted out.
You have to have a registered EA account and fill out a lengthy application to apply for the beta at the Bioware Beacon page.