There are plenty of sequels from much-loved franchises on the way in the near future. 2016 will see titles such as Uncharted 4 and Final Fantasy XV finally being released. Going into 2017, gamers will welcome even more, including one of the most anticipated in Mass Effect: Andromeda. The new title will not feature the character of Commander Shepard and the game’s storyline will actually take place a significant amount of time after the events of the original trilogy. The potential of where Mass Effect could go next has only fuelled speculation.
A marketing survey, believed to be created by Electronic Arts was leaked online recently and it gave the best idea of what to expect in the new game’s plot. In it, it was revealed that Andromeda will take players to a different galaxy, beyond the Milky Way, where they will lead the fight for a new home in hostile territory. Crucially, it will be the humans who are considered the aliens, opposed by a deadly indigenous race. Fans thought they would have to wait until June, when EA will host their EA Play event, to learn even more and perhaps get a look at it in action. However, a video has been discovered online that appears to show gameplay footage from an early build of Andromeda.
The footage is believed to have been put together by a developer who worked on the game. Its purpose is apparently to showcase their work on the project, which includes creating the pollen plumes on a possible new weapon and meteorite explosion on a lunar surface. The most exciting part of the clip and the developer’s supposed input is, without doubt, something that was teased in the first official trailer: the use of a jetpack to traverse the environment. Not much is seen in terms of story, with the game’s native sound having been removed, nor does it show off what to expect in terms of combat.
This isn’t the first time that fans have managed to apparently get a closer look at Mass Effect Andromeda after a developer attempted to collect examples of their work. Early last month, a post website serving as a community for 3D modellers gave a closer look at the game’s protagonist.
Unsurprisingly, chatter on forums like NeoGAF was rife with debate over the legitimacy of the footage once it was uncovered. Not least because the original post-date appeared to be April 1. However, considering that the original video was taken down from YouTube after a copyright infringement claim from EA, it looks like it is genuine in-game footage from development at some point. It’s no guarantee that everything seen in the video will be found in the final product. Whoever the mysterious developer is, he or she has cut the footage from a 2014 build of the game according to NeoGAF user Taker34, meaning the game could have changed considerably in that time. After being taken down, the video resurfaced again elsewhere along with some GIFs of the footage.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will release in early 2017.