Little is known about Mass Effect: Andromeda other than that it exists, but a few details have leaked out through a survey via Reddit and NeoGAF, including some notes about the nature of the game’s map.
In Andromeda, we (the human race) appear to have been displaced somehow and are looking for a new habitable planet:
“Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way, where players will lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory – where WE are the aliens – opposed by a deadly indigenous race bent on stopping us.”
Regarding the game itself, the survey says that we’ll “experience the freedom to traverse and explore a planet-dense but seamless open-world galaxy, rich with discovery,” and that we’ll “play as the leader of a squad of military-trained explorers in an intense third-person shooter with deep progression and customization systems.”
If the survey is indeed accurate, the most interesting part is the “seamless open-world galaxy.” That suggests that rather than selecting planets from a map and watching a landing cutscene, we could actually find ourselves doing the landing manually. In the upcoming No Man’s Sky, you can pilot your ship from space to the planet seamlessly, and it wouldn’t be surprising of EA picked on that feature as something to try for themselves.
The gallery above also includes some shots of the Pathfinder armor seen in the game’s first images from a recent ZBrush Summit, modeled by BioWare lead character artist Herbert Lowis.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One and is currently set to release in the first quarter of 2017.