Mass Effect: Andromeda Announced, Holiday 2016 Release Date

Electronic Arts opened its E3 conference with some news we had been expecting for a while. The next Mass Effect title has been announced. It's Mass Effect: Andromeda, it's presumably set in the new titular galaxy, and it's slated to come out during the Holiday season of 2016 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Not much more information is available at the moment, so I'll leave you to the trailer:

Update: I'm going to quote a couple of words from BioWare's presentation blog post:

When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2013, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action. At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game.

While we aren't ready to go into too many details just yet, as you saw in the trailer and can tell by the name, this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy. You will play a human, male or female, though that's actually not the character you saw in the trailer (more on that later). You'll be exploring an all-new galaxy, Andromeda, and piloting the new and improved Mako you saw. And through it all, you will have a new team of adventurers to work with, learn from, fight alongside of, and fall in love with.