First 13 Minutes of 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Reveals Twin Twist


We now know what happens to the other Ryder twin in the opening minutes of Mass Effect: Andromeda. In the game, players take control of either Scott or Sarah Ryder, a set of twins accompanying their father on the Pathfinder colonization mission to the Andromeda galaxy. But when you choose Sarah, what happens to Scott?

IGN has released an IGN First gameplay video showing the game’s opening 13 minutes, and it offers up some answers.

Note: spoilers will follow for the opening to Mass Effect: Andromeda

After some ominous voice-over sets things up, the player wakes up 634 years later (Earth-year 2819), emerging groggily out of cryo-sleep in a truly novel set-up for spacefaring sci-fi. You’re one of the first to awaken on your seemingly derivative journey — but then things take a sharp turn towards the more interesting. The ship runs into some kind of dark energy storm that looks like a neural network in space. To see it for yourself, check out the video:

The dark storm fries all of the electronics on the entire ship, including some of the cryogenic systems before your sibling can fully awake — it’s also devouring the planet you hoped to call home. Your twin’s pod also gets severely jostled when the artificial gravity systems go temporarily offline. The ship’s doctor is forced to put them into a medically induced coma but confirms that “the prognosis is good.” We can assume that the other Ryder will spend at least a portion of the game comatose, but it remains to be seen how long that might last.

Find out more when Mass Effect: Andromeda is released March 21, 2017.

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