After mankind finally reaches a new galaxy in Mass Effect: Andromeda, the grotesque Kett and their bone carapace exoskeletons will threaten this splintered group of humanity.
Following the recent release of the first Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer, Game Informer’s upcoming cover story and spread about the game reveals more about the new antagonist race, the Kett, which will be a refreshing new alien for the franchise. We didn’t get to see any of this new enemy in the E3 demo from June — even this new trailer doesn’t offer much — but what we do know of their design is a bit … frightening.
Joe MacMillan — art director on Andromeda — described the approach to designing the Kett. The idea was to create contrast from the “sexy, sleek appeal” of the character styles in previous games. New galaxy, new races; most likely from a new path of evolution better suited to life in a different galaxy than our own.
Therefore, the design of the Kett comes from “more of an organic perspective,” specifically with the “bone carapace” sort of exoskeleton. Whatever minimal armor they do have also seems to be crafted from “organic” materials.
The closest comparison in Mass Effect lore would be the Protheans or Krogans, and even then, both of those races wear full body armor. Based on the N7 Day trailer, the Kett can somehow apparently levitate and also create gravity wells. The currently unnamed primary Kett villain is featured from behind in the trailer.
All that being said, their grotesque design brings us the most alien-looking of all the aliens featured in the franchise thus far, and if their booming voices are any indication, their intentions for mankind will be less than pleasant.
Look for a new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailer to debut during The Game Awards on December 1 and then the game itself sometime in Spring 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.