While it was painfully clear that the ending to Mass Effect 3 did little to satisfy players, causing something of a controversy for the way that BioWare handled the player’s personal decisions in the final moments, many people still want the chance to continue that story somewhat in the future. This is despite the fact that BioWare has made it clear that Andromeda will be a completely separate entry into the franchise, set in a different time and place to the story of Commander Shepard and the Reapers.
To get some insight into exactly that and how much of an influence the original Mass Effect trilogy will have on Andromeda, Eurogamer spoke to studio head Aaryon Flynn. In a brief interview with the website, Flynn explained how the new title was meant to be a new chapter for Mass Effect that can stand alone as a game.
“We acknowledged it in the endings of Mass Effect 3 and I think that’s where we want to leave it for now,” Flynn said. “We want this 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 past trilogy] ended.”