Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place several years after the events of Mass Effect 3. Even though the game takes place in the same universe, BioWare has repeatedly stated that it will have little to do with the original trilogy. Today, the developer has also confirmed that the new installment in the franchise will not be impacted by decisions players made at the end of Mass Effect 3.
At the end of the trilogy, players had to decide between controlling the Reapers, destroying them, or synthesizing all organic life; each of which would have a profound affect on the galaxy. According to BioWare, those decisions will not be reflected in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
“I think that’s where we want to leave it for now,” said studio head Aaryn Flynn to Eurogamer. “We want [Andromeda] to be a new story and it would be very hard to say it’s a new story, but also that you need to understand how [the previous trilogy] ended.”
That being said, Flynn clarified that Andromeda will not be completely alienating itself from the Mass Effect trilogy. Several elements from there will be showcased in the new game, but will only help in promoting a “fresh story”.
“There’s a coalition [of Milky Way races],” he added. “We needed to find a way to make sure certain species you’re familiar with come along with you on your journey to meet new ones.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled for release early next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game was originally intended for a release this year but was pushed back into 2017.