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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ – Returning and New Alien Races

For those of you interested in the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, Game Informer’s recent cover story has revealed plenty of new details about BioWare’s next game in the series. Though it won’t be launching until March 2017, BioWare has already released plenty of details to whet our appetites for their next big, meaty space RPG.

New Alien Race: The Kett

The Kett comprise Mass Effect Andromeda's new race. For this latest sequel, BioWare developers set out to create an aesthetic far different from the sleek and streamlined physical appearance of Mass Effect's existing races. The Kett, which play the antagonists in Andromeda, have a much more organic and "alien" (for lack of a better term) design than what we've seen before.

The Kett's armor falls in line with their design's overall theme, as it takes the form of an insect-like exoskeleton. Despite their foreboding appearance, though, the designers at BioWare did their best to craft a design for the Kett that didn't repulse players outright. Like any good villains, they should evoke at least a little empathy.

Returning Alien Races in Mass Effect: Andromeda

If you hope to see your favorite Mass Effect alien race in Andromeda, you might walk away a little disappointed, as BioWare creative director Mac Walters stated not all existing Mass Effect races will appear in the game. He claims these omissions can be chalked up to "hopefully obvious reasons," implying some plot element can excuse their absence. In a recent tweet, Walters wrote that while Andromeda doesn't exist as the beginning of a trilogy, the universe still has many stories left to tell. Meaning we may see some of these absent races in future Mass Effect games.

With Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare has been playing their cards pretty close to their chests, but these details still give us plenty to think about. Be sure to keep an eye on Fandom for more news about this upcoming game. In the meantime, check out the Mass Effect wiki for everything you need to know about the games.

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Bob Mackey
Bob Mackey

Bob Mackey is Games Editor at Fandom. Since joining the games press in 2007, he's written for sites like 1UP, Joystiq, The A.V. Club, Gamasutra, USgamer, and many others. He also hosts the weekly podcasts Retronauts and Talking Simpsons. Follow him on Twitter @bobservo.

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