Mass Effect: Andromeda Doesn’t Need Shepard, Or Does It?

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Considering that a highly-customizable Commander Sheppard was the heart of the first three Mass Effect games, fans of the series quickly became attached to him and remain attached to him, so it came as a big surprise when it was announced he will have not part to play in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

In light of our cries for him, developer BioWare is very optimistic that Andromeda will succeed even without Shepard, with senior developer Chris Wynn -- in response to fan on Twitter who stated that a Mass Effect without the iconic Spectre would be “embarrassing” -- telling gamers to “be open minded about a Mass Effect with no Shepard, it can be good.” Despite the confirmation that Sheppard will not be featured in Andromeda, BioWare hasn’t entirely ruled out any reference to him in the game. In fact, the far reaching consequences for the universe that followed the ending to Mass Effect 3 should surely leave some room for his legacy in the least to be a part of Andromeda’s lore. He might not be there in person because “story-wise, it wouldn’t make much sense,” but he could be there in spirit. There is still a lot we don’t know about Mass Effect: Andromeda, and with the game set to release in all the way in Fall 2016 on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, it will be quite some time before we get the full scoop. What we do know, however, is that it takes place in the Andromeda galaxy rather than the Milky Way; it will be a third-person shooter and not an FPS; it has a much bigger and richer world than any of the past three games, one possibly with weather effects; exploration will play a more important role than ever, with the Mako serving as a main form of traversal; and it has co-op multiplayer similar to ME3’s. Not only will Sheppard be missing in action, but there will be absolutely no returning characters from ME1, ME2 or ME3. That’s right, Andromeda is an all-new game, with all-new worlds and all-new faces, whether you like it or not. Still, we want to know what you think -- will the latest installment in the Mass Effect series be the same captivating and emotional experience without Sheppard and his gang? Are you less likely to buy the game because of their exclusion? Let us know in the comments below.

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