In what is arguably the biggest reveal since the game's official announcement, BioWare confirmed the rumors that Mass Effect: Andromeda is a family affair that has two separate versions of its new hero, Ryder, as the main characters.
Unlike the original Mass Effect trilogy, in which players choose the gender of protagonist Shepard but he or she existed as a unique individual, the male and female versions of the player character in Andromeda are in fact siblings that exist in the game world at the same time, doing their own things.
The game's creative director, Mac Walters, stated the following in an interview with PlayStation Access:
"What a lot of people don't know, little surprise here, is that these two are brother and sister. And they both exist in the game world at the same time. So if you're playing as the sister Ryder, female Ryder, your brother is somewhere in the universe."
BioWare showed off some Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay at the PlayStation 4 Pro reveal event, giving look at 'brother Ryder'. The E3 2016 gameplay trailer
, on the other hand, was all about sister Ryder.
Walters didn't stop there and revealed that gamers have seen even more of the Ryder family than realized. Apparently, the character in the N7 suit shown in the game's announcement trailer
was their father!
"We've got the full Ryder family full sort of now revealed. We'll do names and things in the future as well."
Consider my mind blown. I can't wait for the new adventure.
Mass Effect: Andromeda launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC in 2017.