BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect 3’s multiple, colorful endings won’t carry over to Mass Effect Andromeda. It makes sense when you think about, because Andromeda takes place in a whole new galaxy – the Andromeda galaxy.

In case you don’t remember (like you could forget…), each of the three endings of Mass Effect 3 drastically changed the Milky Way galaxy, especially the “green ending”, where humans and machines became one. BioWare wanted to be sure that all Mass Effect fans could enjoy Andromeda, so it decided against setting one canon ending.

“We want [[Andromeda] 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,” studio head Aaryn Flynn told Eurogamer.

“We’ve done it in such a way that allows all of those decisions you made to remain intact in the canon of the universe, but also allows a new story to begin.”

However, that doesn’t mean Andromeda will completely ignore the events of the original trilogy. Creative director Mac Walters wants to reassure fans that while this is a whole new story, Shepard’s legacy will not be forgotten.

“It’s important for us to have elements from the Trilogy for fans to have in the background,” Walters explained. “Ultimately this is intended to be a fresh story, but we want to have things for people to find and go ‘oh, I remember that character’.

“There’s a coalition [of Milky Way races],” he continued. “We needed to find a way to make sure certain species you’re familiar with come along with you on your journey to meet new ones. As in the tradition of Mass Effect, there will be certain people working together happily, and certain people working together less happily.”

Mass Effect Andromeda will be released early 2017 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While we still didn’t get a chance to see any actual gameplay from the game, the recent E3 convention gave us a small glimpse into some in-game moments and tons of concept art.

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