The Pathfinder in Mass Effect: Andromeda has unprecedented access to weapons and abilities that would make Commander Shepard jealous, and a new combat trailer from BioWare shows Ryder wielding brand-new alien weapons — both ancient and contemporary — from the Andromeda galaxy along with Krogan hammers and Asari swords.
Scott and Sara Ryder are two of the most versatile humans the series has ever seen, sporting an array of biotic powers and tech skills, but also the capacity to use any weapon they find in Andromeda. In addition to your typical kinetic weapons from back in the Milky Way galaxy, the Ryders will use energy-based Remnant weapons from a race of “ancient” guardians that “typically use beams, have a high rate of fire, and are extremely accurate,” using an over-heat system that doesn’t rely on ammo whatsoever. Helios weapons originate in the first area the Pathfinder explores. “They are generally plasma based, which means they are slower speed but benefit from heat-seeking technology, while some are charge-based: the longer you charge before releasing, the harder they hit.”
The trailer also revealed that Ryder has access to a slew of melee weapons, including Krogan hammers, Asari swords, and Angaran firaans … whatever that means.
Watch the trailer below:
Mass Effect: Andromeda is due out March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.