Throughout The Recreation Awards, a Mass Impact trailer was proven that appeared to say rather a lot and little or no on the identical time. Quite a lot of keen-eyed followers have provided their very own theories, so I needed to contribute my very own – together with how Andromeda and the Trilogy may collide. As somebody that has over 30 playthroughs of the unique trilogy, 7 playthroughs of Andromeda (regardless of its flaws), and has learn all the comics and novels a number of occasions over, I needed to place a few of that have to good use with ‘ol customary deep dive. So right here we go!
As a disclaimer, a disclaimer I placed on any piece I write about Dragon Age or Mass Impact: I am extremely clear with my love for this recreation. Does that imply I can not be essential of it or the studio tradition across the BioWare title? Completely not, that is my job (and is clear by my earlier critiques of Andromeda and Dragon Age 2 prior to now, regardless of my private enjoyment), however I wish to be trustworthy by letting readers know that I do have a private connection to those tales for 100% transparency.
Shifting on, let’s break the trailer seen on the high of the article down.
Within the opening sequence of the trailer (at which level we did not even know this was tied to Mass Impact), we see the 2 galaxies which have dominated this franchise’s lore: the Milky Manner, which is seen within the entrance, and Andromeda, which is seen within the background. Whereas many did not appear to take pleasure in Andromeda resulting from its very totally different taste and all kinds of launch points (faces had been drained, you already know the drill), others did relish within the youthful and far dorkier Ryder story. Very similar to the Geth weren’t the true enemy within the first recreation of the trilogy, the Kett weren’t the true enemy in Andromeda, a complexity that held a lot potential for the anticipated sequel. Then launch occurred and DLC plans had been canceled, successfully killing any hope that the Quarians would make it safely and we might get a decision to the main epiphany revealed at Andromeda’s finish. That hope was killed till now, as a result of the parallels seen at first of the trailer paired with the implications of the ending scene may imply a crossover of epic proportions.
The trailer then continues into the Milky Manner that begins a journey via time itself with a voice from the Apollo 11 moon touchdown saying “Eagle, Houston. You are a go for touchdown, over.” Being a journey, the trailer continues via time into an space the place a cylindric construction may be seen. Some have speculated that it could possibly be remnants of the Collector Base that was shot to hell in Mass Impact 2 (which I do not assume so given the subsequent sequence of occasions), whereas others assume that this could possibly be a structural graveyard seen within the wake of Reaper destruction from cycles previous. It may be the remnants of the battle with the Quarians on their solution to Andromeda, which shall be explored just a little additional down. Regardless, it’s linked to the Omega Nebula, which has its personal connection by way of a Mass Relay throughout the Mass Impact world.
The following sequence seen is what makes me assume it isn’t the Collector Base as a result of the subsequent shot instantly references the First Contact Struggle when humanity stumbled upon the Mass Relays and joined the broader galaxy solely to leap right into a vicious warfare towards Turians that begun in 2157. This connection was pretty clear-cut with the voice that claims “Arcturus Station, unknown vessel approaching, we’d like first contact protocols.” For these that won’t know, Arcturus is the headquarters for humanity’s System Alliance that was established in 2156, a navy and political energy construction that’s closely prevalent within the trilogy and related printed media.
In Andromeda, followers had been shocked to see that almost all races had been represented within the transfer between galaxies, however some had been lacking. The Hanar, Elcor, Drell, and Quarians had been probably the most notable, with the ending of the fourth Mass Impact recreation revealing that the Quarians’ ark by no means made it safely, revealing an ominous misery name that was later explored via a spin-off novel (not DLC, as was reportedly deliberate). The trailer’s sequence continues, saying “Ark 6 is away, godspeed,” which is the Quarian ark Keelah Si’yah. The above damaged cylindric construction could possibly be associated to the failed ark arrival, which could possibly be the loophole wanted with the time sequence given the passage of time that it takes to make it from the Milky Method to Andromeda (roughly 600 years). The explanation that I feel this could possibly be associated to the earlier trailer sequence is that the ark launched from the Hephaestus Station, which is linked to the Omega Nebula throughout the Caleston Rift.
Throughout this subsequent sequence is the place I obtained chills as a result of that is the primary time we hear the Reaper’s warfare name as soon as extra, the haunting increase that plagued the trilogy’s third entry. Because the video progresses into an considerable quantity of wreckage inside a damaged Mass Relay, a misery name may be heard – solely to be minimize off by the Reaper’s telltale sound – saying “Obtained to take down the dreadnought. Going essential. Abandon ship!”
This wreckage was the fact for thousands and thousands of lives. With each fleet desperately making an attempt to beat again Reaper forces, a power up to now superior it appeared hopeless, numerous lives had been misplaced. Many battles had been seemingly for nothing, and whole races had been utterly obliterated in earlier cycles. We discovered fairly a bit about how different cycles labored with the “harvest” due to Mass Impact 3’s inclusion of the final surviving Prothean: Javik.
This hopelessness carried into the subsequent sequence the place a voice may be heard saying “Is anybody receiving this? We have misplaced contact.” This half may happen at any time throughout Mass Impact Three as a result of many stations had been misplaced with Mass Relay manipulation and Reaper obstruction, but when all contact was misplaced it is potential that this could possibly be a post-ME3 second when all the Mass Relays had been destroyed after Shepard’s sacrifice. Whereas the Management and Synthesis endings did finally restore that injury, all endings resulted in that preliminary destruction. After the preliminary blast and Mass Relays shut down, the complete Milky Manner was thrust into its personal Darkish Age pre-technologically-driven journey.
The trailer is not accomplished but, the subsequent step takes us into territory that I feel could possibly be simply dismissed as nothing, however keen-eyed followers know that BioWare is the king of hiding a few of its most essential particulars in plain sight. “Humanity is all that we now have left” may be heard with a hybrid mashup of voices. Damaged communication continues however it sounds like “the explanation” may be heard on the very finish. What that portends to is anybody’s guess, however when what occurs subsequent, it could possibly be a a lot greater clue than we understand.
The video continues with the ship that we noticed throughout N7 day with idea artwork make its touchdown on a planet rife with ice set with a tone of bleakness (it isn’t the earth, a number of moons may be seen). It is there that we see a shrouded determine make their method up an incline – a determine later revealed to be Liara (we’re getting there, be affected person). Many assume this can be a mountain, which undoubtedly seems to be that method however to me? To me, I feel this could possibly be a derelict Reaper that she’s scaling. A giant cause for that’s the earlier body instantly references the Reaper’s destruction and since this can be a journey via time, the connection that the Reapers had been as soon as the place this ship lands is certainly there. The truth that she bends down to select up an N7 helmet, presumably Shepard’s helmet, actually lends to my considering this can be a fallen Reaper given the character of the Commander’s personal fall (we’re ignoring the breath of life seen on the finish with the patched within the prolonged minimize, you possibly can @ me on Twitter if you wish to know why, I’ve a really particular cause for doing so).
Edit to this: BioWare’s personal Mike Gamble confirmed that it was a fallen Reaper Liara was climbing. Two factors to Griffindor!
Up till this level, we do not know who the shrouded determine is, however finally, she seems up and in the direction of the horizon and it is there that we are able to clearly see it’s an Asari. The freckles, face form, and that little smirk is clearly Liara (although some retailers reported that it was a Quarian of their preliminary protection, I’ll go forward and chalk that as much as them being rushed to get the information out through the Awards, which was a rapid-fire of recent bulletins that it was fairly laborious to maintain up). That is Liara. Do not imagine me? I confirmed it with two BioWare devs; that is Liara.
The trailer then ends along with her trying off into the gap the place the ship that landed may be seen with the shapes of three figures within the background (would you take a look at that, the identical variety of companions you possibly can carry with you into battle through the video games!). One is clearly a Krogan with the far left being a Salarian. The center particular person seems like a human, however may additionally simply be a Drell. My intestine says human and since that is an opinion piece, I’ll be frank and say that is the place I am personally leaning.
However wait, does this imply Shepard is coming again?
Clearly, I can not eschew something formally as a result of all of us noticed the identical trailer, however I’ll say no for a couple of causes. The primary being that Shepard was at all times canonically meant to be a trilogy. They had been meant to be the martyr. Except Miranda was again with one other go on the Lazarus Challenge, I feel it is best to begin re-saying these goodbyes as soon as extra if that is what you are hoping for.
The second cause is that it takes centuries to make it from the Milky Method to Andromeda. So how does that specify Liara? Straightforward! Asari have extremely lengthy lifespans. Within the third recreation, Liara was simply over 100 years previous, which is principally thought-about a teen in Asari tradition. Asari can reside to be over one thousand, so a 600-year leap would not be a life-time cycle for her. The truth that her face may be seen with wonderful traces of a extra mature Matriarch, the years lend themselves to my principle that we’re going again to Andromeda however it will likely be extra built-in with the trilogy than beforehand deliberate.
TLDR: Andromeda hasn’t deserted the trilogy and the trilogy nonetheless has long-standing penalties to future life that we now have but to expertise. I feel the subsequent step within the Mass Impact franchise will clearly happen lots of of years post-ME3. I additionally assume that this can make the Destroy ending canon, the ending that was extremely wanted and incentivized all through the development of the third recreation. Since there isn’t any proof that Liara has been synthesized with that ending and there are not any residing Reapers seen, it seems just like the Destroy ending shall be paramount for the way forward for the video games. Might Mass Impact pull a Dragon Age Hold the place you possibly can enter your personal selections of video games previous to dictate how the premise is about up for the brand new journey? Completely a chance, however that is not one thing we’ll find out about till we’re a lot nearer to launch.
On the finish of the day, I am excited. I touched on this with my earlier piece speaking about potential expansions of the Mass Impact universe, however there are such a lot of unexplored tales left to inform. From the First Contact Struggle to the whole lot that occurred in between the Trilogy and Andromeda, the narrative grounds are past fertile.
In case you’re considering studying extra in regards to the lore past the video games, I can not suggest the books and comics sufficient. Even the film Paragon’s Misplaced, which dives into what occurred to Vega pre-Shepard, gives distinctive views into the video games. From the moments in between the primary Mass Impact and Mass Impact 2, to how Liara obtained ahold of Shepard’s physique to start with; there’s a lot extra to discover on the market and each little bit of it gives small items to a a lot bigger puzzle that’s the way forward for Mass Impact.