BioWare took the opportunity at the Sony PS4 Pro unveiling to show off its upcoming title, Mass Effect: Andromeda running in 4K resolution. This is the first extended look at the game, a new game set in the popular Mass Effect universe.
The tech video begins with the player character, Ryder, landing on an alien planet. Utilizing jetpacks and alien tech, Ryder ventures deeper and deeper into the neon-green environment. The video showcases interesting new features like scanning environments for data and displays more engaged platforming than previous games. While certain aspects like gunfights or space travel still haven’t been shown, the sense of scale and exploration are heavily emphasized. Players are expected to engage with their surroundings and explore the various alien wildlife around them. Players might even be encouraged to avoid confrontation as Ryder’s crew mates warn him about engaging the new Remnant species in combat.
The main focus of the trailer, however, is to show how good Mass Effect: Andromeda looks running on the new 4K-accessible PS4 Pro. The video urges viewers to watch the gorgeous trailer from a 4K-compatible television for the full effect. Andromeda is one of the many titles confirmed to support the higher-resolution offered by the PS4 Pro when the console launches in November.
While the Mass Effect games have always had a unique aesthetic, Mass Effect: Andromeda looks like a significant departure from previous games; the new environments seem to emphasize exploration. Instead of focusing on the cast from the first three Mass Effect games — whose story ended with Mass Effect 3 in 2012 — Andromeda will feature an entirely different story and crew set in the same universe.
Mass Effect: Andromeda was announced at E3 last year, but aside from a few trailers and a behind-the-scenes look at the game’s development, there hasn’t been any actual gameplay until now. The developers emphasize the open-world aspect of Andromeda and a new narrative focus for the series.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected to come out some time in early 2017.