Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to be a family package, featuring not one but two editions of its new hero Ryder. In an interview with PlayStation Access, creative director Mac Walters stated that not only do the two male and female versions of the character exist simultaneously in the same world, they are also siblings (brother and sister) at the same time.
The creative director stated, “What a lot of people don’t know, little surprise here, is that these two are brother and sister,” Walters said. “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.” Back in the original Mass Effect trilogy users were able to pick the gender of the Shepard, the game’s lead character, however the choice existed as a unique individual. Walters told Polygon previously that BioWare were in the favor of shifting away the focus of relying on a single titular hero.
At the PlayStation 4 Pro reveal event, BioWare showcased Andromeda flaunting and showing off its brand new gameplay. While previously E3 2016 had focused primarily on the sister Ryder, this time the latest reveal was all about the other sibling. Walter also revealed that users had been unaware of contact with more of the family as in the E3 2015 trailer, the character in the N7 suit was the sibling’s father.
Fans of the game will be delighted over this development, as they get to choose between two versions and most importantly the game adds a family portrayal this time around. What do you make of this development? Do you think it is the right move by the developers? Are you going to move forward with the brother or the sister? Who will be your pick and why? Let us know about your thoughts and views by commenting in the comments section below.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to be released for PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in 2017.