“The Andromeda Initiative is currently seeking recruits,” EA said on the program’s website, possibly referring to in-game characters. “Registered recruits will be among the first contacted to receive critical mission information, special training opportunities, and will also be eligible for reward upon program completion. Orientation begins November 7.”
It’s worth noting that November 7 is “N7 Day,” an event BioWare and its fans use to celebrate all things Mass Effect.
The announcement also comes with a cryptic teaser trailer that serves more as a celebration of mankind’s ability to reach distant planets than it does explaining what the “Andromeda Initiative” happens to be.
“This path began a long time ago. A course paved through human history that took us across continents, oceans, and ultimately, to the stars,” the narrator states in the teaser. “For us, this planet is home. It has protected us, challenged us, and provided us the foundation to become galactic citizens. But the time has come to prepare ourselves for a future beyond the Milky Way.”
As the camera zooms out from the planet, we see a space station that bears a striking resemblance to the Crucible from the original trilogy. Given the narrative implications of using this piece of technology so far from Earth, we could be in for a wild ride.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be launching in early 2017, and information released by book publisher Dark Horse suggests its final date may be March 21. A set of novels from Titan Books is also scheduled to release over the next two years. The title of the first one? Mass Effect: Andromeda – Initiative.” We’re hoping BioWare has more to announce than information on a book next week.
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