One of the most controversial aspects of the Mass Effect series was the ending of Mass Effect 3. As it forced players to make a key choice that would affect the entire galaxy. However, it nullified many of the choices the players made throughout the series, essentially making their journey pointless. In fact, so controversial was this ending that Bioware had to make new endngs for the game, and several people left Bioware because of the backlash.
However, for Mass Effect: Andromeda, the “result” from Mass Effect 3 will have no bearing on the game.
“We had a lot of different ideas when we started on early concepts for what we wanted to do with the next Mass Effect game,” BioWare Creative Director Mac Walters told IGN. ” I think, aside from the fact that we said the Mass Effect trilogy was a trilogy for Shepard’s story, which we have concluded, we were very careful to make sure that big choices like that [the Mass Effect 3 finale] wouldn’t impact your decisions.
We wanted Andromeda to be a fresh experience for everyone,” Walters said. “So if you haven’t played, you don’t have to worry about whether you missed out on some key choice or something like that.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda aims to release in early 2017.