We're set to see one of the most beloved video game franchises reignite later this month as BioWare prepares to introduce Mass Effect: Andromeda, the latest follow-up to the Mass Effect franchise. Andromeda will explore new territory -- literally -- as the game follows protagonist Scott/Sara Ryder on their mission to find a habitable planet in the Andromeda galaxy.
BioWare has spoiled fans with content leading up to the game's late March release, including behind-the-scenes looks at casting, gameplay videos, and even footage of the game's first 13 minutes. Though Andromeda got an official trailer late last year, BioWare is still eager to introduce players to this new Mass Effect world. Earlier today, an entirely new trailer for the game was released -- and this one reveals key aspects of the game's presence.
The official launch trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda hit YouTube today, and it expertly takes fans through the game's narrative in under two minutes. The new trailer is undeniably cinematic, as it follows Scott Ryder (the male incarnation of Andromeda's protagonist) through his journey as a Pathfinder. The trailer focuses on sweeping new landscapes and treacherous new villains, ultimately leaving viewers emotionally invested in the new game's story. Check out the new trailer, in full, above.
In the trailer, Natalie Dormer's Dr. T'Perro introduces the game's premise via voice over narration:
"The entire initiative is at risk. None of the Golden Worlds panned out. They're a bust. We need to find more resources. But that takes people, and we can't wake them up. Now, more than ever, we need a Pathfinder."
Enter Ryder, as he strikes out into the unknown with his team. The protagonist and his crew find habitable worlds, but it is unclear if their inhabitants are friend or foe, and things soon go south. We get glimpses at some of the awesome landscapes and locations available in the game, as well as a key peek at one of the romanceable narratives -- it looks like Asari crewmate Peebee is a potential love interest.
All in all, this is an awesome trailer that ropes you in to the new world of Andromeda, and makes you care about its characters. Expert use of the song "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man gives the trailer a poignant overtone. As the song repeats "I'm only human, after all / Don't put the blame on me," we are reminded that humanity is just a small, fallible part of this universe filled with planets containing other sentient beings. At the same time, we root for Ryder in his quest to save humanity, as our protagonist battles against impossible odds to find a new home.
If we weren't pumped for this game before, we definitely are now. Let's just hope this narrative turns out to be as awesome as it looks, and we don't have another Mass Effect 3 on our hands.
Mass Effect: Andromeda hits shelves March 21.
Source: Mass Effect (via YouTube)