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Mass Effect: Andromeda - 101 questions and answers by Mac Walters

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Dat ending.

Video here: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/11/08/101-questions-and-answers-about-mass-effect-andromeda.aspx


Some highlights:

-Ryder twins can be different ethnicities
-Save file transfer to the game after Andromeda "to be determined"
-Mass Effect: Andromeda is not considered the start of a new trilogy
-No original ME trilogy crewmembers in the game
-Character DLC "to be determined"
-There are no Reapers in the game
-You don't have to fuel up the Tempest
-No communication with the Milky Way galaxy "in this game"
-There is no "precursor" race

Bonus
-Animating them sex scenes a bit uncomfortable but yea, fun to watch
 

Haruko

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Didnt feel too spoiler-y until...

no crewmembers or companions can die in ME:A? hrmm
 
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-Ryder twins can be different ethnicities
That's pretty cool.
-Save file transfer to the game after Andromeda "to be determined"
Expected.
-Mass Effect: Andromeda is not considered the start of a new trilogy
Good.
-No original ME trilogy crewmembers in the game
Excellent.
-Character DLC "to be determined"
Hope there isn't any.
-There are no Reapers in the game
Good.
-You don't have to fuel up the Tempest
Thank god.
-No communication with the Milky Way galaxy "in this game"
Good.
-There is no "precursor" race
Good!
 

Sou Da

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Probably just video games being video games in regards to that ethnicity thing.
I dunno, with the way it's worded he lumps dad in there too. It's pretty unclear.

He could mean that your dad can be of a different ethnicity etc
 

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I don't really believe that character DLC is to be determined. Unless the game is further from release than we think.
 

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I dunno, with the way it's worded he lumps dad in there too. It's pretty unclear.

He could mean that your dad can be of a different ethnicity etc
Maybe the Mom and Dad are of 2 diferent ethnicities and one twin went towards the dad side and the other the mom?

I have a friend who's mom is Japanese and his dad is Pakistani. Him and one of his brothers look very Japanese while the middle brother looks almost exactly like his dad.
 

Wulfram

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Not every studio begins working on DLC before shipping.
But Bioware have said in the past that character DLC specifically needs to be built in as the game is developed, so that the character is properly integrated into the rest of the game.
 

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Not every studio begins working on DLC before shipping. And before you mention Mass Effect 2 and 3, yes, I know, but that doesn't mean it's the case here.
To be fair, DA:I didn't, but both DA2, and ME2/3 have - there is kind of a precedent.

Granted, I somehow see it being at least a little less likely given how damn long the game has taken, but still.

Plus, given how Javik is 'integrated' into the main game, for example, if it did happen, I couldn't see it not being made ready 'soon', if not now, rather than the 'addon' of Kasumi, or heck, even Zaeed.
 

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I'm also kind of curious on how the 'to be determined' aspect of what transfers and what doesn't will work.

Either they know the plot points they want to 'shape/influence' the new Andromeda story, or they don't.

If they don't, yes, that's potentially more options available, but it also runs the risk of being ramshackle and half-baked.

But if they do, they run into similar issues to ME2/3 plot point 'payoff' constraints in terms of what they HAVE to fit in, which is especially an issue if everything isn't yet planned out - especially if they're taking the 'new hero every game' route.
 

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Mac Walters wears Supreme



I don't have much faith in Mr. Speculation For Everyone unfortunately.
 

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The game not being considered a start of a new trilogy is a pretty interesting tidbit. You think they wanna do new games after this one? Or circumvent the whole savefile continuity thing by making more standalone titles for the series?
 

DevilDog

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Wasn't Mac Walters the dude who was the lead writer of ME2-3? If so, what is he writing this time?

Really don't like the "We don't know what happens next approach". They will probably make more games, it's better to plan the story ahead, even just a bit. Don't repeat the same mistakes.
 

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I mean, if we're 4-5 months out from game launch and this is "to be determined" why doesn't he just say no. How does one tracks these things if they aren't coded in-game to be tracked?
I'm also kind of curious on how the 'to be determined' aspect of what transfers and what doesn't will work.

Either they know the plot points they want to 'shape/influence' the new Andromeda story, or they don't.

If they don't, yes, that's potentially more options available, but it also runs the risk of being ramshackle and half-baked.

But if they do, they run into similar issues to ME2/3 plot point 'payoff' constraints in terms of what they HAVE to fit in, which is especially an issue if everything isn't yet planned out - especially if they're taking the 'new hero every game' route.
They could do here what they did with DAI, Dragon Age Keep. It's website where you can generate infinite amount of save files to import into DAI. Pick and choose how key moments in previous games went. Build in checks preventing any conflicts and offering options for user. There even is story recap stuff for previous games.

https://dragonagekeep.com/en_US/
 
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They could do here what they did with DAI, Dragon Age Keep. It's website where you can generate infinite amount of save files to import into DAI. Pick and choose how key moments in previous games went. Build in checks preventing any conflicts and offering options for user. There even is story recap stuff for previous games.

https://dragonagekeep.com/en_US/
I'm aware of the keep, but using the keep is like using those awful Mass Effect 2 and 3 interactive comics where they only ask about major decisions whereas a proper save file import tracks your responses and actions to characters beyond did I shoot this person or not.
 

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I'm aware of the keep, but using the keep is like using those awful Mass Effect 2 and 3 interactive comics where they only ask about major decisions whereas a proper save file import tracks your responses and actions to characters beyond did I shoot this person or not.
The Keep's pretty exhaustive, I'd say. It's miles and miles above the Genesis comic.
 

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Didnt feel too spoiler-y until...

no crewmembers or companions can die in ME:A? hrmm
I'm going to assume they mean during gameplay, but yeah, if not that's a pretty big spoiler, and a little disappointing.
 

DevilDog

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Teammates not being able to die is super dissapointing. So much magic lost already
 

Floody

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I would presume this doesn't just mean gameplay. It was a straightforward question with a straightforward answer.
Could also just be him lying not to spoil anything.
I'd be surprised if there isn't at least one choice path that can end in a crew member dying if you fuck up enough.
 

Tovarisc

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But i wanted this series to be a trilogy. I wonder why they won't do it this time...
They may want to gauge reactions to MEA or just don't want to commit into trilogy after doing one where they kept one upping themselves constantly resulting in some ludicrous stuff.
 

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Dat ending.

Video here: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2016/11/08/101-questions-and-answers-about-mass-effect-andromeda.aspx


Some highlights:

-Ryder twins can be different ethnicities
-Save file transfer to the game after Andromeda "to be determined"
-Mass Effect: Andromeda is not considered the start of a new trilogy
-No original ME trilogy crewmembers in the game
-Character DLC "to be determined"
-There are no Reapers in the game
-You don't have to fuel up the Tempest
-No communication with the Milky Way galaxy "in this game"
-There is no "precursor" race

Bonus
-Animating them sex scenes a bit uncomfortable but yea, fun to watch
Nice try EA