BioWare has revealed that Mass Effect Andromeda’s leading male and female characters are brother and sister.

Talking to our pals at PlayStation Access, BioWare creative director Mac Walters revealed the family ties, also revealing that the N7-armoured character we saw at the E3 premiere a couple of years ago is, in fact, your character’s father.

Previously Mass Effect games offered the choice, but in each you played as the same character, either a male or female version of Commander Shephard.

“We’re seeing our male character, at E3 we got to see our female character,” Walters said. “A little surprise here – these two are actually brother and sister. They both exist in the game world at the same time.

“If you’re playing as the female Ryder, your brother is out there somewhere in the universe.

“The character we saw two E3s ago, the N7, is actually your father. So we have got the full Ryder family revealed. We’ll do names and things in the future.”

While at Gamescom this year, EA’s Patrick Söderlund acknowledged BioWare’s Mass Effect series was one the publisher was carefully considering. However, EA Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, has said that while  “thousands” of people have asked if EA would remaster the acclaimed sci-fi series, the company isn’t keen on looking back to the past.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in Q1 2017. During E3, we were told Mass Effect: Andromeda would take place “hundreds of years” after Mass Effect 3 and “important choices” made in Mass Effect 3 won’t have a meaningful impact on the new instalment.

Laura thinks the ending to Mass Effect 3 was perfect at doing what it needed to do.


Short. Sweary. Sarky. Streamer. Spartan. Story-driven games make me happiest. Spectacularly bad at shooters, but loves them. Screams a lot playing horror games, but loves those, too.

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