Fans of the Mass Effect series have something big to look forward to at CES next week. NVidia’s keynote will be showcasing Mass Effect: Andromeda’s gameplay and brand new environments.
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Mass Effect: Andromeda
The upcoming Bioware game, Mass Effect: Andromeda has some pretty big shoes to fill, as the old Mass Effect Trilogy is regarded as some of the best games ever to come out.
With its first announcement happening at E3 2015, and the initial release window being the holidays of 2016; Andromeda was later delayed to 2017, with an exact release date yet to be revealed.
If the recently released gameplay trailers are anything to go by; it’s that Andromeda certainly looks like a Mass Effect game, with plenty of fast-paced combat and dialog choices.
Although Mass Effect 3’s endings were not popular, like it or not, they are the canon endings to the trilogy. Catering to all the different choices and endings from the past games being a difficult task for a new installment. Bioware is evading this problem by having Andromeda take place hundreds of years later and in a whole new galaxy.
Around the time of when Mass Effect 2 was taking place, multiple ships were launching towards the Andromeda galaxy. These included various alien, as well as human ships, with the goal to travel to and settle in the new galaxy.
The new player character will be the Pathfinder, playable as either the male or female Ryder siblings; with the task of finding habitable planets for the rest of the humans to settle on. The gameplay involves scouting the new galaxy on your ship – The Tempest, along with fully explorable alien planets.
It will be interesting to see if Bioware will announce a partnership with NVidia at CES for the new game, in spite of NVidia having lower performance in Frostbite-powered games compared to AMD hardware.
Although there is a chance that the release date reveal for Mass Effect: Andromeda may happen at CES; it’s best not to get our hopes up.
It is most likely, as this being the NVidia Keynote, that the new footage will showcase PC exclusive features and graphics capabilities of EA’s Frostbite engine.
Obviously, as most Mass Effect fans will be waiting for the new footage in NVidia’s keynote live-stream; once NVidia announces opens up their live stream, we will be sure to write about it.
You can also check out the exact dates and times of all the major keynotes at CES, over here.