With Mass Effect: Andromeda featuring an all new universe and cast, there is still room for explanation regarding the original series. Many players have been grappling with questions and gaps in understanding since the original series came to an end.
However, all will be revealed as Titan Books has released the information that it will be publishing a series of novels that will “act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga,”.
The books also look set to tie the Andromeda universe with the existing universe of the original through four releases beginning in August with Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative. The release schedule looks set to take us straight through to March 2018 with three releases coming at around March 2017, September 2017 and March 2018.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative will be penned by N. K. Jemisin, while the final instalment is being put into the hands of Mass Effect creative director Mac Walters.
Hopefully the novels will provide certain players an amount of closure before the likes of Andromeda takes over. However the novelisation of aspects of video games that exist outside of the play experience itself provides some questions of player agency in-game that may be made completely redundant now. We’ve only ever experienced the Mass Effect world through our own agency, on our terms, and through our decisions. Our characters have been our characters, and their motivations always slightly and inevitably marred by our own. It will be interesting to see how fans take to such a direct medium after playing the game that heralded the modern age of player decision in narrative.