Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to make its debut in a matter of weeks, and fans are ecstatic to get their hands on the popular franchise update. After a not-so-stellar end to the original Mass Effect trilogy, Andromeda looks to build on the world fans know and love by introducing explosive new gameplay and enthralling characters. The franchise released two new trailers today that spotlight one such character and the game's inventive combat style.
Last week, the Mass Effect YouTube channel revealed part one of their new gameplay series, highlighting the game's smooth third-person combat. This week brings part two, which introduces players to the game's combat "profiles" and "favorites" functions. Today also saw the debut of Natalie Dormer as Dr. Lexi T'Perro, an Asari aboard the Tempest. New trailers highlight both Dormer's behind-the-scenes voice acting contributions and the improved gameplay.
You can watch Dormer's voice acting profile, above, in which she speaks to her character's penchant for "great, wry lines" and "dry humor," amidst her more dramatic dialogue. She also gives a shoutout to fellow Game of Thrones actor Gethin Anthony (Renly Baratheon), who will play Gil in the upcoming game. Watch Dormer's charming interview, then check out the gameplay walkthrough, below, to really get into the franchise follow-up.
In her interview, Dormer also praises the game's overall production, saying:
"It's so huge, and the production value on this series is just extraordinary. Every single discipline within the project is at its top level, from the design to -- hopefully the acting involved! -- to, just every single level of production, it's people at the top of their game."
That high quality definitely comes through in the gameplay video, where all the awesome elements of previous Mass Effect combat styles come together in a more accessible and versatile way. The video highlights how players can combine and shift their combat styles using profiles and favorites, thus eliminating the need to choose a certain combat "class" during character creation. Favorites even allow the player to change how they fight mid-combat, as new enemies emerge and target your character.
This is a great look at what's to come from Andromeda, both in terms of production and actual gameplay. It's fantastic to see Natalie Dormer join other vocal talents like Kumail Nanjiani in the game's cast, since lovable characters are somewhat of a trademark to the series (and to production company BioWare overall). For fans who value the RPG aspects of the Mass Effect series, one burning question is which of these characters will be romanceable, since, in past games, the romantic possibilities for each protagonist can vary according to gameplay choice and character gender.
If we were excited for Mass Effect: Andromeda before, we're absolutely off the walls about it now. Spring cannot come fast enough, and we're so glad it's bringing this hotly-anticipated game with it.
Mass Effect: Andromeda becomes available on March 21, 2017.
Source: Mass Effect [via YouTube]