The new Mass Effect 5 trailer teases the original trilogy, Andromeda, and possibly a new protagonist

Bioware, the developer behind EA’s Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises, has released a new trailer for its next Mass Effect game, and it teases connections to the original trilogy and the Andromeda sequel, and possibly a new protagonist. Since yesterday was November 7th, BioWare started a countdown to the N7 Systems Alliance military in a series known as N7 Day in the Mass Effect community. Exclusive Mass Effect “Epsilon” web page.

The decoded message now on the site says the following:

////Access code: EPSILON

/////Access code accepted

/////Secondary encryption detected


/////Andromeda distress signal detected

////Year Submitted: (REDACTED)


As you can see, this transcript refers to a distress signal from the Andromeda Galaxy, the setting of the fourth Mass Effect game, which takes place 600 years after the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy. Then, following this teaser, BioWare released a new 30-second trailer that hinted at a connection to those original games.

Watch the N7 Day 2023 teaser trailer for yourself below:

As you can see in the trailer above, the man in it is clearly wearing something with the N7 symbol, going back to the first three Mass Effect games. And, while we still don’t know who this character is, the way Bioware is hyping him up, we wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the next Mass Effect hero. Here’s a great look from them BioWare’s official Twitter account:

Bioware revealed its next Mass Effect game during The Game Awards 2020, with a teaser featuring original trilogy character Liara and a broken relay message. We got another clue with a special N7 Day image in 2021 and another clip of the game on the next N7 Day in 2022 that contained a hidden audio message to decode. Yesterday’s N7 Day teases marked the third year in a row that we learned a little more about BioWare’s next Mass Effect.

The tease follows news that BioWare is laying off 50 employees, many of the studio’s longtime veterans, as part of a studio restructuring.

What do you want from BioWare’s next Mass Effect game? Let us know in the comments below!

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