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Bioware Details Mass Effect Andromeda Avina, Ark Hyperion, Nexus and more

by William Schwartz


Mass Effect Andromeda got its first gameplay reveal last night and it was one of the most promising games on display at The Game Awards.  It looked like a proper advancement for the series, with tons of gameplay changes set to arrive in this next installment.  Today, Bioware has started unleashing more details about the game, including Avina, the Ark Hyperion, Mass Effect Fields, the Nexus and its leadership, and the ODSY Drive System.

Heading over to the Mass Effect site you can check out a series of “training videos” that outline these new aspects of the game.

Mass Effect Andromed Nexus Briefing


Avina, a virtual intelligence program designed to answer questions and provide guidance for the both these training videos and apparently in-game.  “Avina appears as a hologram, always taking the form of an Asari – one of the races found in the Milky Way Galaxy – and will be accessible at several terminals throughout the Nexus. With a limited capacity for discourse, Avina is more suited to offering information rather than opinions.”

Ark Hyperion

“Hyperion represents one of several Arks specifically designed for the Andromeda Initiative’s mission. While its support staff is comprised of a variety of Milky Way races, Hyperion is primarily responsible for the transport of human colonists to Andromeda. At more than one-and-a-half kilometers long and weighing 17 million metric-tons, Hyperion – and its sister Arks – rank among the largest starships in the galaxy. Hyperion is currently in the final stages of construction within the moon’s orbit.”

The Nexus

The Nexus appears to be the new Citadel-type area and has a numerous distractions like archives, social areas, operations areas and more.

Mass Effect Fields

“The “Mass Effect” represents the scientific principle and basis behind most technology in the known galaxy. Mass effect fields are created through the use of element zero, which can increase or decrease the mass of space-time when subjected to an electrical current via dark energy. In space, mass effect fields have implications in everything from faster-than-light travel, to the creation of shields used to protect starships, to cryo-stasis pods, allowing a person to survive in a suspended state for extended voyages.”

Nexus Leadership

Director of Colonial Affairs: Foster Addison

Foster Addison oversees all colonization logistics for the Andromeda Initiative, making sure all settlements are up and running and colonists have a place to live.

Nexus Superintendent: Nakmor Kesh

Nakmor Kesh, is a female Krogan and part of the core team of station engineers who built the Nexus. Her contributions during the mission include station upkeep and ensuring all facilities remain in working order.

Nexus Security: Sloane Kelley

Sloane Kelley is an Alliance-trained solider, and responsible for all security initiatives aboard the Nexus upon arrival in Andromeda.

ODSY Drive System

“With the Arks unable to refuel by traditional means in dark space, the journey to Andromeda is only made possible by the ODSY Drive System. The ODSY is a massive experimental drive core specifically designed for this trans-galactic voyage. It is capable of recycling static energy that would typically cause a starship to explode, instead storing it to power the Ark’s primary systems. Meanwhile, an electromagnetic ram-scoop will gather hydrogen from the Ark’s surroundings, converting it into fuel as needed.”

If you’re looking to get more information about the upcoming game, a series of videos over on the Mass Effect site gives a great overview of some of the elements that players will experience in this RPG, as well as allow you to earn a “Pathfinder Helmet” upon completing the series of training videos.

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