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Humanity Is In Trouble In Mass Effect: Andromeda's Launch Trailer

Mass Effect: Andromeda's March 21, 2017 release date is just a couple of weeks away, and BioWare is ramping up its marketing push by releasing videos detailing the game's combat, exploration, and it's "meaningful" side-quests. So far, however, Mass Effect: Andromeda has looked like pretty leisurely stroll through the Heleus system, as the Ryders and the rest of the Tempest's crew explore the galaxy in order to find humanity a new home.

As it turns out, Mass Effect Andromeda isn't that peaceful. As the official Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer begins, the Andromeda Initiative—which is charged with finding humans a new homeworld—is on the verge of collapse, and only a Pathfinder (i.e. the player's character) can save it. Apparently, the Heleus system isn't nearly as human-friendly as the Andromeda's organizers originally thought, and with resources running low, the expedition is on its last legs.

The rest of the trailer is mostly action (with a little bit of sex to even things out), although Mass Effect Andromeda's mysterious villain also gets a brief spotlight. About halfway through the video, an alien who presumably serves as the game's main antagonist reads one of the Tempest's crewmembers' minds, then orders his crusty henchmen to wipe out Mass Effect Andromeda's heroes. Interestingly, a voiceover by actor Clancy Brown, who plays the Ryder twins' father, calls the attackers "visitors, just like us," implying that humans aren't the only foreign species invading the Heleus system.

It's been just over five years since Mass Effect 3 hit, and judging by the buzz surrounding Mass Effect Andromeda, fans have largely forgiven BioWare for the original trilogy's insulting ending. Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.