N7 day is here and with it, a new look at Mass Effect: Andromeda. Those expecting a huge gameplay blowout? This isn’t the trailer you’re looking for. What we do get is another solid look at the new galaxy Bioware is crafting.

That’s a good bit of old mixed with new. We get teases or our new enemy. Not enough to make anything out, but they are the usual ominous foes. We see our Asari friend from the previous trailer again. She definitely looks like one of the main/party characters in Andromeda. And you can catch a glimpse of several Salarians at 1:21.

Mass Effect Andromeda Salarians

The short snippets of gameplay footage we do see look outstanding. But for a game with a “Spring 2017” release date, we haven’t seen much. And we’ll be waiting a bit longer for the first meaningful gameplay footage. Bioware will do their gameplay reveal at The Game Awards on December 1st. That probably means we won’t see anything longer than a couple of minutes.

As for the footage above? It was captured in-engine. Usually, I would follow that up with how it’s not going to look like that. But Bioware is using the latest version of DICE’s Frostbite engine. Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield 1 shows us how good games look running on that engine.

What we do know

Here’s the synopsis:

Take the role of the Pathfinder, leading humanity’s search for a new home in this unexplored and unforgiving region of space. You’ll chart your own course, navigating the Andromeda galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find the human race a new home among the stars. You’ll be able to upgrade and customize your gameplay experience with a deep and flexible progression system, and lead your squad into action-packed combat using advanced weaponry, special abilities, and more than a few new tricks.

And a retail listing.

This part of the retail listing stands out for me: “For 1 player or up to 4 in multiplayer mode.”

It sounds like the much-loved co-op mode from Mass Effect 3 is returning. If you’re itching for some Mass Effect 3 multiplayer action, Microsoft announced Mass Effect 2 and 3 are backward compatible. Those with EA Access memberships also get digital versions of both titles.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will hit PS4, Xbox One and PC sometime between March and June.



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