Mass Effect‘s diverse universe is populated by many alien races. Some are naturally granted more power than others, and those who hold that power are the only ones likely to make an appearance in Mass Effect: Andromeda, as stated by BioWare. The other, weaker alien civilizations will be left behind in the Milky Way.
Speaking with Game Informer, Creative Director Mac Walters states that several of the alien races might not be coming back, at least for this first game in the new series.
We’ve designed the IP in such a way that they can all show up. For hopefully obvious reasons, they’re not all going to show up in the first game.
Asari, Turians, Salarians, Humans, and Krogans have all made the cut
So far, we know that the major alien races will appear in the game. Each race has created an “ARK” ship that will carry their population into the new galaxy, and the four council races, Asari, Turians, Salarians, and Humans, lead the charge with their own ships. The Krogan, which is the only non-council race confirmed to be making the journey, have tagged along as well.
Because let’s face it, the Krogan are awesome.
However, this news means that some of the weaker races will not be making the trip. The plump Volus and the antagonistic Batarians are probably going to be left behind, as well as several other less common races: the Elcor, the Drell, the Hanar, and possibly even the Geth.
This leaves the big question of the Quarians, the nomadic race of which Tali’Zorah belongs to. We haven’t seen any hints of them in the screenshots or news, but BioWare also can’t ignore that they were very popular with fans, mostly thanks to Tali. Their nomadic ways might have conflicted with a united council, or maybe they are still rebuilding their own homeworld after 600 years of exile.
Maybe BioWare is holding news back, and the Quarians are indeed coming along with the rest of civilization.
We’ll just have to wait to find out. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in March 2017.