BioWare Confirms Mako Returning to New Mass Effect (UPDATE)
Update!We’ve added more images from the panel showing off the new (human) character models — or rather, the new N7 armor characters will wear. Check out the gallery at the bottom of the post.
BioWare revealed precious few details about its upcoming return to the Mass Effect universe at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but it did confirm one big detail: the return of the Mako vehicle.
Mass Effect Producer Mike Gamble showed the new Mako during the “Charting a Course: Developing the New Mass Effect” panel, which included a prototype model of the vehicle, as well as a very early video of the Mako in motion. As compared the Mako that last appeared in the original Mass Effect title, the new version is sleeker and faster, but doesn’t include a cannon.
“We’ve learned a thing or two about vehicle frustration,” Gamble said, relating that BioWare was focusing on making the vehicle easier and more intuitive to drive. The game’s big focus is exploration, he said, and so players will need a vehicle with which to explore.
Gamble said other details about the vehicle are still in flux — in fact, the entire presentation showed only “conceptual prototypes,” and Gamble said BioWare was “years” away from final decisions. Whether the vehicle will have the jump thrusters seen in the first game, for example, isn’t something that has been nailed down yet.
Other details were few and far between from the panel. Armor models showed off a male and female human character models but didn’t give any details other than what the actual armor will look like. It was stamped with the N7 logo, however, and Gamble confirmed that the player character will have “something to do with N7.”
Whether players will be able to choose from alien races for their protagonists, as well as a male or female variant, Gamble wouldn’t confirm. He did say aliens players are familiar with will appear in the game, as well new species players haven’t seen before.
“The theme is new experiences for the player, but with elements of what you know and love,” Gamble said..
Special thanks to The Escapist’s Andrea Rene for panel images.