Regardless of which ending you were given in Mass Effect 3, you’ll start Mass Effect: Andromeda with a nice, clean slate. The new one from BioWare pays no attention to your ME3 save file and will not carry over any of the decisions from the earlier game/s.
BioWare studio boss Aaryn Flynn explained to Eurogamer that this is all part of making Andromeda its own project.
We want this to be a new story and it would be very hard to say it’s a new story but also that you need to understand how [the past trilogy] ended.
We’re guessing then that any references to Shepard will be the usual, non-gendered mentions, made in hushed tones… but that new character Ryder is waking up in a new galaxy, far away from the earlier events.
Mass Effect creative Mac Walters continues that it won’t feel too foreign, however:
It’s important for us to have elements from the Trilogy for fans to have in the background. Ultimately this is intended to be a fresh story, but we want to have things for people to find and go ‘oh, I remember that character’.
There’s a coalition [of Milky Way races]. We needed to find a way to make sure certain species you’re familiar with come along with you on your journey to meet new ones. As in the tradition of Mass Effect, there will be certain people working together happily, and certain people working together less happily.
This year saw another E3 come and go and nothing really from Mass Effect: Andromeda besides another teasing trailer (c’mon, where’s the gameplay?). The game is due to hit PC, PS4 and Xbox One early next year. No official dates just yet, but we’ve seen rumours of March 31.