During The Game Awards, a Mass Effect trailer was revealed that appeared to state a lot and extremely little at the exact same time. A great deal of keen-eyed fans have actually used their own theories, so I wished to contribute my own – consisting of how Andromeda and the Trilogy might clash. As somebody that has more than 30 playthroughs of the initial trilogy, 7 playthroughs of Andromeda (in spite of its defects), and has actually checked out all of the comics and books numerous times over, I wished to put a few of that experience to great usage with a great ‘ol made deep dive. So here we go! 

As a disclaimer, a disclaimer I place on any piece I blog about Dragon Age or Mass Effect: I’m exceptionally transparent with my love for this video game. Does that suggest I can’t be vital of it or the studio culture around the BioWare call? Absolutely not, that’s my task (and appears by my previous reviews of Andromeda and Dragon Age 2 in the past, in spite of my individual satisfaction), however I like to be truthful by letting readers understand that I do have an individual connection to these stories for 100% openness. 

Moving on, let’s break the trailer seen at the top of the short article down. 

In the opening series of the trailer (at which point we didn’t even understand this was connected to Mass Effect), we see the 2 galaxies that have actually controlled this franchise’s tradition: the Milky Way, which is seen in the front, and Andromeda, which is seen in the background. While numerous didn’t appear to delight in Andromeda due to its extremely various taste and a wide array of launch problems (faces were tired, you understand the drill), others did enjoy in the more youthful and much dorkier Ryder tale. Much like the Geth weren’t the real opponent in the very first video game of the trilogy, the Kett weren’t the real opponent in Andromeda, an intricacy that held a lot capacity for the anticipated follow up. Then launch took place and DLC strategies were canceled, efficiently eliminating any hope that the Quarians would make it securely and we’d get a resolution to the significant surprise exposed at Andromeda’s end. That hope was eliminated previously, due to the fact that the parallels seen in the start of the trailer coupled with the ramifications of the ending scene might suggest a crossover of legendary percentages. 

The trailer then continues into the Milky Way that starts a journey through time itself with a voice from the Apollo 11 moon landing stating “Eagle, Houston. You’re a go for landing, over.” Being a journey, the trailer continues through time into a location where a cylindric structure can be seen. Some have actually hypothesized that it might be residues of the Collector Base that was shot to hell in Mass Effect 2 (which I do not believe so provided the next series of occasions), while others believe that this might be a structural graveyard seen in the wake of Reaper damage from cycles past. It might likewise be the residues of the fight with the Quarians on their method to Andromeda, which will be checked out a little more down. Regardless, it is linked to the Omega Nebula, which has its own connection through a Mass Relay within the Mass Effect world. 

The next series seen is what makes me believe it’s not the Collector Base due to the fact that the next shot straight referrals the First Contact War when humankind came across the Mass Relays and signed up with the larger galaxy just to delve into a vicious war versus Turians that started in 2157. This connection was relatively precise with the voice that states “Arcturus Station, unidentified vessel approaching, we require very first contact procedures.” For those that might not understand, Arcturus is the head office for humankind’s System Alliance that was developed in 2156, a political and militaryclass structure that is greatly common in the trilogy and associated printed media. 

In Andromeda, fans were stunned to see that many races were represented in the relocation in between galaxies, however some were missing out on. The Hanar, Elcor, Drell, and Quarians were the most significant, with the ending of the 4th Mass Effect video game exposing that the Quarians’ ark never ever made it securely, exposing a threatening distress signal that was later on checked out through a spin-off book (not DLC, as was apparently prepared). The trailer’s series continues, stating “Ark 6 is away, godspeed,” which is the Quarian ark Keelah Si’yah. The above damaged cylindric structure might be associated with the stopped working ark arrival, which might be the loophole required with the time series provided the passage of time that it requires to make it from the Milky Way to Andromeda (approximately 600 years). The factor that I believe this might be associated with the previous trailer series is that the ark released from the Hephaestus Station, which is linked to the Omega Nebula within the Caleston Rift. 

During this next series is where I got chills due to the fact that this is the very first time we hear the Reaper’s war call again, the haunting boom that afflicted the trilogy’s 3rd entry. As the video advances into a plentiful quantity of wreckage within a damaged Mass Relay, a distress signal can be heard – just to be cut off by the Reaper’s obvious noise – stating “Got to remove the dreadnought. Going vital. Abandon ship!”  

This wreckage was the truth for countless lives. With every fleet frantically attempting to repel Reaper forces, a force up until now advanced it appeared helpless, many lives were lost. Many fights were apparently for absolutely nothing, and whole races were totally eliminated in previous cycles. We discovered a fair bit about how other cycles dealt with the “harvest” thanks to Mass Effect 3’s addition of the last making it through Prothean: Javik. 

This despondence brought into the next series where a voice can be heard stating “Is anybody getting this? We’ve lost contact.” This part might occur at any time throughout Mass Effect 3 due to the fact that numerous stations were lost with Mass Relay control and Reaper blockage, however if all contact was lost it’s possible that this might be a post-ME3 minute when all of the Mass Relays were damaged after Shepard’s sacrifice. While the Control and Synthesis endings did ultimately fix that damage, all endings led to that preliminary damage. After the preliminary blast and Mass Relays closed down, the whole Milky Way was thrust into its own Dark Age pre-technologically-driven travel.

The trailer isn’t done yet, the next action takes us into area that I believe might be quickly dismissed as absolutely nothing, however keen-eyed fans understand that BioWare is the king of concealing a few of its crucial information in plain sight. “Humanity is all that we have actually left” can be heard with a hybrid mashup of voices. Broken interaction continues however it sounds like “the factor” can be heard at the very end. What that hints to is anybody’s guess, however when taking a look at what takes place next, it might be a much larger idea than we recognize. 

The video continues with the ship that we saw throughout N7 day with principle art make its landing on a world swarming with ice set with a tone of bleakness (it’s not the earth, numerous moons can be seen). It’s there that we see a shrouded figure make their method up a slope – a figure later on exposed to be Liara (we’re arriving, be client). Many believe this is a mountain, which certainly seems that method however to me? To me, I believe this might be a run-down Reaper that she’s scaling. A huge factor for that is the previous frame straight referrals the Reaper’s damage and considering that this is a journey through time, the connection that the Reapers were as soon as where this ship lands is certainly there. The truth that she flexes down to get an N7 helmet, potentially Shepard’s helmet, actually provides to my believing this is a fallen Reaper provided the nature of the Commander’s own fall (we’re overlooking the breath of life seen at the end with the covered in the prolonged cut, you can @ me on Twitter if you wish to know why, I have a really particular factor for doing so). 

Edit to this: BioWare’s own Mike Gamble confirmed that it was a fallen Reaper Liara was climbing up. Two indicate Griffindor! 

Up till this point, we do not understand who the shrouded figure is, however ultimately, she searches for and towards the horizon and it exists that we can plainly see it is an Asari. The freckles, deal with shape, which little laugh is certainly Liara (though some outlets reported that it was a Quarian in their preliminary protection, I’m going to proceed and chalk that as much as them being hurried to get the news out throughout the Awards, which was a rapid-fire of brand-new statements that it was rather difficult to maintain). That’s Liara. Don’t think me? I verified it with 2 BioWare devs; that’s Liara. 

The trailer then ends with her looking off into the range where the ship that landed can be seen with the shapes of 3 figures in the background (would you take a look at that, the exact same variety of buddies you can bring with you into fight throughout the video games!). One is certainly a Krogan with the far left being a Salarian. The middle individual appears like a human, however might likewise quickly be a Drell. My gut states human and considering that this is a viewpoint piece, I’m going to be frank and state that’s where I’m personally leaning. 

But wait, does this mean Shepard is returning? 

Obviously, I can’t shun anything formally due to the fact that all of us saw the exact same trailer, however I’m going to state no for a couple of factors. The initially being that Shepard was constantly canonically implied to be a trilogy. They were implied to be the martyr. Unless Miranda was back with another go at the Lazarus Project, I believe it’s finest to begin re-saying those farewells again if that’s what you’re wishing for. 

The 2nd factor is that it takes centuries to make it from the Milky Way to Andromeda. So how does that discuss Liara? Easy! Asari have exceptionally long life-spans. In the 3rd video game, Liara was simply over 100 years of ages, which is generally thought about a teen in Asari culture. Asari can live to be over one thousand, so a 600-year dive would not be a whole life process for her. The truth that her face can be seen with great lines of a more fully grown Matriarch, the years provide themselves to my theory that we’re returning to Andromeda however it will be more incorporated with the trilogy than formerly prepared. 

TLDR: Andromeda hasn’t deserted the trilogy and the trilogy still has enduring repercussions to future life that we have yet to experience. I believe the next action in the Mass Effect franchise will certainly occur centuries post-ME3. I likewise believe that this will make the Destroy ending canon, the ending that was extremely demanded and incentivized throughout the development of the 3rd video game. Since there is no proof that Liara has actually been manufactured with that ending and there aren’t any living Reapers seen, it appears like the Destroy ending will be vital for the future of the video games. Could Mass Effect pull a Dragon Age Keep where you can input your own options of video games past to determine how the property is established for the brand-new experience? Absolutely a possibility, however that’s not something we’ll find out about till we are much closer to release. 

At completion of the day, I’m delighted. I discussed this with my previous piece speaking about possible growths of the Mass Effect universe, however there are a lot of uncharted stories delegated inform. From the First Contact War to whatever that took place in between the Trilogy and Andromeda, the narrative premises are beyond fertile. 

If you have an interest in discovering more about the tradition beyond the video games, I can’t suggest the comics and books enough. Even the motion picture Paragon’s Lost, which dives into what took place to Vega pre-Shepard, provides distinct viewpoints into the video games. From the minutes in between the very first Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2, to how Liara got ahold of Shepard’s body to start with; there is a lot more to explore out there and every bit of it provides little pieces to a much bigger puzzle that is the future of Mass Effect.