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New Mass Effect: Andromeda Trailer Showcases the Tempest and Nomad

by Darrin Wright

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Bioware continues its slow drop of news about Mass Effect: Andromeda, the next entry in the Mass Effect series, although the game is due out on PS4, Xbox One and PC in a little over two months from now. Today, they’ve released a trailer showing off the Tempest – Andromeda‘s version of the original trilogy’s Normandy – and Nomad, which is an all-terrain vehicle replacing the Mako from the first Mass Effect game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Tempest & Nomad

As the video states, unlike the Normandy, the Tempest isn’t built for fighting back against threats in space, but is more designed for stealth and speed. It looks like there’s a command center and Galaxy Map hub, just like before, and the rest of the innards definitely have that certain Mass Effect look and feel.

The video also introduces us to Kalo Jav, the Tempest’s pilot. He’s a Salarian, so that raises the number of confirmed pre-established Mass Effect races carrying over to Andromeda to four (behind Turian, Asari, and Krogan, and not counting Human).

As for the Nomad, it’s Bioware’s latest attempt to create a land vehicle in a series that has had a bumpy history of such means of transit. The Mako was fun but defied physics all over the place, which led to some… let’s say interesting… gameplay styles. Some people loved it, others hated it. Then Bioware tried again with the Hammerhead in Mass Effect 2, which had satisfactory handling but could tend to feel fragile.

The Nomad, meanwhile, is much like the Mako in the fact that it has six wheels and a set of thrusters that allows the vehicle to “jump”. It’s also able to scan for resources and deploy probes to collect them, which should save you some time on collecting resources. The video also hints at some level of customization, which should be a plus.

Are you looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda? What do you think about the new vehicles?

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