Mass Effect: Andromeda Dev Discusses Romance Options, Shooter/RPG Balance, Potential DLC, and More

Yes, you can have inter-species romances.

52 Comments
Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

Now Playing: GS News Update: Mass Effect Andromeda's Romance Options, RPG Balance, and DLC

GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.

Following the debut of the new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer on N7 Day, BioWare creative director Mac Walters took to Twitter to answer some questions posed by fans of the series. In doing so, he has revealed some interesting tidbits about characters and story elements, as well as gameplay.

Walters confirmed that, although the two main characters are officially called Scott and Sarah Ryder, players will be able rename them and customise their appearance. This doesn't come as a surprise as similar options were available in previous entries in the series, as well as most other BioWare developed RPGs.

He also said that same sex romance options will be available and, as with previous games, there will be opportunities to develop relationships with alien species.

When it comes to gameplay, Walters said Mass Effect: Andromeda strikes a better balance between RPG and shooter than the first three Mass Effect titles, and that both of these aspects of the game have seen an upgrade.

The Ryder family is at the heart of Mass Effect: Andromeda's narrative. A previous trailer was narrated by Alec Ryder, father of the main characters. Little is known about him, other than he attained the prestigious N7 rank in the Systems Alliance Military.

When asked if BioWare would use DLC to further explore Alec, who the community has affectionally named "Rydad," Walters said it is a storyline that will be featured in the main game, but also in other projects. However, he did not specify what "other things" are.

The Mass Effect series has had a number of tie-in novels and comic books, so it could be that Andromeda's extended universe is adapted for these mediums, but this has not been confirmed officially.

Moving on to characters, Walters was asked about Peebee, the Asari featured in the trailer. He revealed Peebee is actually her nickname and added that, despite the resemblance, she's quite different from Aria T'Loak, the fierce Pirate Queen of Omega.

The mysterious voice that says "I have a bad feeling" in the latest trailer could also be a non-human species, based on Walters's teasing.

And the character that the trailer seemed to be positioning as a villain may not be male, despite initial impressions.

Finally, Walters indicated that the Codex, which serves as a library of information for all things within the Mass Effect universe, will be expansive.

As part of N7 Day, BioWare also revealed that loyalty missions are returning and talked about when the game is set in the Mass Effect timeline.

Mass Effect: Andromeda still doesn't have a release date, but it's expected to launch sometime in spring 2017. EA said in a recent earnings call that it would delay it if the game needed extra time, however. It is set to release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 52 comments about this story
52 Comments  RefreshSorted By 
  • 52 results
  • 1
  • 2
GameSpot has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to toxic conduct in comments. Any abusive, racist, sexist, threatening, bullying, vulgar, and otherwise objectionable behavior will result in moderation and/or account termination. Please keep your discussion civil.

Avatar image for EvilTyger
EvilTyger

I still wish there was a player codex instead of a character codex.

Avatar image for iskaroth
iskaroth

I always found it quite disturbing and silly that Bioware allows romantic relationships with fricking aliens. What kind of sick **** would be attracted to someone like Garrus, Krios or even Liara? Not to mention other aspects like how the hell does the romance with another species work on emotional level? Does every alien in the galaxy have humanlike reproductive organs? Etc.

Avatar image for panda1990
panda1990

@iskaroth: dude, you're not alone they're obsessed with some fuckin Japanese hentai alien tentacles sex. How disgusting haha :)

not to mention scientifically human sperm and eggs have membrane proteins that recognize same species gametes human eggs will only recognize human sperm, goat eggs will only recognize goat sperm, etc. Secondly, for a human (or any other animal, for that matter) to be viable, it must have the correct number of chromosomes.

in brief, Humans can't be impreganted by bestiality or alien impassable human species ..etc

Avatar image for wellsoul2
wellsoul2

@panda1990: Ha Ha! Technically aren't the asari producing the babies themselves with only the psychic influence of the other parent? I think it's parthenogenesis? Like with an Asari and a Krogan which is shown in Mass Effect the body is still 100% asari and only the psyche has Krogan influence. Otherwise there are no hybrids shown that I remember.

Avatar image for blindbsnake
blindbsnake

Supermac - The guy responsible for the worst gaming experience in my life.

Avatar image for weapon_x57
weapon_x57

With Trump as president I bet you he will ban interspecies romance in this game.

Avatar image for nurnberg
nurnberg

I hope they don't focus too much on the SJW stuff.

Avatar image for Archangel3371
Archangel3371

Sounds great to me.

Avatar image for countofhell4321
countofhell4321

@couly:

I do not bother with Jimmy Vega's friend that much, he is Shepard's 2nd best pilot and that's it, nothing more, unless he would troll Shepard with his "strange" personality but he never did. Alliance choose Cortez piloting the Kodiak, that was not Shepard's choice or anything.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@couly: Bigot much?

Avatar image for couly
couly

@Thanatos2k: I don't mind choice but not when it's some sort of LGBT Space opera

Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

@couly: ME3 really wasn't any kind of LGBT space opera. And if you ran away as soon as a gay character showed up (one of the more believable gay characters Bioware's managed to write too) you really wouldn't know what that game was.

Moderator
Avatar image for arkhamcreed78
ArkhamCreed78

@couly: So in other words you don't mind LGBT characters, but don't want to have to acknowledge they exist.

Avatar image for streamline
streamline

@arkhamcreed78: It probably hurt him too much because it hit too close to home.

Avatar image for deactivated-5c9cbf62c19be

some photo of new normandy ship well not ruin the game :p

Avatar image for junesxing
junesxing

" EA said in a recent earnings call that it would delay it if the game needed extra time,"

How about concentrating on getting the game ready rather than a 'deluxe' or 'super deluxe' version.

Avatar image for EvilTyger
EvilTyger

@junesxing: Deluxe editions rarely take any extra time. The people that do all the physical extras aren't on the teams that do the software.

Avatar image for sdzald
sdzald

"Andromeda strikes a better balance between RPG and shooter than the first three Mass Effect titles,"

Considering I think that is what the first three games did VERY well. it worries me. What exactly does he see as being out of balance? This means Andromeda will be a lot heaver on the RPG or Shooter side, either option is not very appealing to me.

Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

@sdzald: I'm kind of worried about that too. ME1 did not play very well because it couldn't decide if it was a shooter or an RPG. ME2 and 3 were better games for choosing to be shooters with RPG elements, instead of trying to straddle the fence.

Moderator
Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@sdzald: Uh, the second and third games were barely RPGs at all. More RPG means better game, less dumbed down shooter.

Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

@Thanatos2k: Wow, you're still around running your shitty opinions?

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@dani_i89: Don't get mad that it's true.

Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

@Thanatos2k: It's not about being true. You could be right, you could be wrong.

It's just sad that you're still here doing the same sad thing. Get a life.

You're welcome.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@dani_i89: Considering the only time you appear is to attempt to insult people, who's really doing the same sad thing and needs to get a life?

Avatar image for dani_i89
dani_i89

@Thanatos2k: I don't come here anymore, though visited this page as it was e-mailed to me and I was interested in reading it, and lo and behold - you're here. I'm not insulting you. You look like you need an education...or something to do, because clearly sticking to this comment section is something you're very dedicated to. Which is absolutely pathetic.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@dani_i89: So for someone who "doesn't come here anymore" I guess it was just our imagination when you called someone a moron on November 4 in the Gears 4 review comments? For someone who doesn't come here anymore you appear to come here quite often to insult people.

Avatar image for arkhamcreed78
ArkhamCreed78

@Thanatos2k: Simply having "more RPG" does not inherently make a better game. That said, it all depends on the form the RPG aspect takes. For example I would hate for the series to return to the weapon skill system of the first game; why in the heck would an elite solider war hero who already has the highest possible rank in the Alliance and fully trained not be able to use a shotgun until he invests points in it? That makes no god damn sense.

As much as RPG purists like to complain about the "just use whatever gun you pickup" system it makes sense for someone like a N7, because that is what N7 is; by virtue of being a seventh tier special forces solider (what N7 means) Shepard WAS in fact already fully trained with every type of weapon he'd ever run across.

However I am all for adding more depth to the game (note that contrary to popular belief depth and complexity are not the same thing, and one is not required for the other), and I think that is what people actually want. ME2 and ME3 weren't lesser RPGs because of their mechanics or the leveling system; they felt that way because you never had to actually change up your tactics and it had little room to actually plan and strategist; literally every party configuration with any build could tackle every mission in the game with roughly the same amount of challenge. And while on the one hand that shows fantastic system balance, it isn't really very engaging or deep. Why would you spend your time really digging into the systems and coming up with plans when "just shoot everything with whatever gun you have laying around" works just as well?

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@arkhamcreed78: "ME2 and ME3 weren't lesser RPGs because of their mechanics or the leveling system"

Yeah they were. More focusing on chest high wall combat and nothing tactical. And the near removal of equipment. And the dumbing down of upgrades and abilities.

"they felt that way because you never had to actually change up your tactics and it had little room to actually plan and strategist; literally every party configuration with any build could tackle every mission in the game with roughly the same amount of challenge"

Yeah, there was definitely that too.

Avatar image for ninjaroach81
ninjaroach81

@sdzald: ME2 and 3 definitely skewed more to the shooter side; missions were more linear, they ditched the inventory and loot system from ME1 (how can you even call a game an RPG if you have a fixed amount of currency??? The only way to afford everything in ME2 was to make sure you bought the DLC!), truncated skill trees, no (or limited) open-world, etc.

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed ME2 and 3, am still a huge Mass Effect fan, and am really looking forward to Andromeda. IMO, I'd rather see it go heavier to the RPG side; if I want to play a shooter in space, then that's what Halo and (I guess now...) COD are for.

Avatar image for RogerioFM
RogerioFM

If you can date rocks I'm sold.

Avatar image for mogan
Mogan

@RogerioFM: Carbon dating means something different in Mass Effect.

Moderator
Avatar image for barbarossa213
barbarossa213

@RogerioFM: You got silicon-fever boy! Who's going to look after your Carbilicon love child?

Avatar image for darthrevenx
DarthRevenX

@RogerioFM: perhaps a member of your crew is a failed rock star??? or had to quit being a rock star to become a hero???? heh

Avatar image for csward
csward

Eh why does it have to be twins. So lame when companies do that because it usually comes across cheesy/hokey. Are they trying to turn ME into a family sitcom (*shutters*)? I hope they will not allow sleeping with your family member or anything disgusting....

Avatar image for streamline
streamline

@csward: "anything disgusting" is a difficult line to draw. "couly" above said he quit playing ME once a male character mentioned that he missed his husband.

Avatar image for Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@csward: I bet they're trying to do the same crap as Dragon Age 2. Because it worked so well there.

Avatar image for darthrevenx
DarthRevenX

@csward: TWINS BASIL.......TWINS........

VINCENT, I'M JULIUS....YOUR TWIN!

Snake, what is it with you two???

we're twins, I got the good genes and he got the bad ones......

you're family is fracked Snake......

I know.....I know......

*starts rolling the double mint commercials* you know those aren't real twins.....it works for porn doesn't it???

Avatar image for bigdegs
BigDegs

"It's a storyline we're developing. Some of it for #MassEffectAndromeda and some for... Other things."

Just come out and say you're already focusing on story DLC; it makes you sound less douchey.

Avatar image for sdzald
sdzald

@bigdegs:

May be a possible movie?

Avatar image for bigdegs
BigDegs

@sdzald: I doubt that'll ever happen; I'm still hoping for a movie based on the original trilogy. Andromeda seems to be more exploration-driven than the story-driven ME1-3 campaign, and so is less suited to a movie adaptation.

Avatar image for arkhamcreed78
ArkhamCreed78

@bigdegs: Actually a movie based on the original game is already in development.....well "development hell" as it were. Started pre-production a while ago, and there has been no word since.

Avatar image for deactivated-586574c4c8aa0

@bigdegs: I agree with the article writer's suggestion, although I'd learn more toward Alec Ryder being a big part of the first Andromeda Initiative novel (co-starring with Jien Garson) rather than the comics. I don't think they'll spend much or any time with Alec on a DLC. His story/mystery will probably mostly be covered in various side-missions during the main game.

  • 52 results
  • 1
  • 2