BioWare didn’t show much about Mass Effect Andromeda at E3 2016, but one thing which it revealed is that you can play the game as either male or female. The trailer showcased the female protagonist though.
BioWare has answered why they showed the only female protagonist in this video. Here is why:
“When we debuted male Shepard back in 2006 [for Mass Effect], 10 years ago, it was a time when we drew inspiration from traditional entertainment marketing,” BioWare boss Aaryn Flynn told Eurogamer. “So: ‘We need a iconic main character. We need an iconic everything else.'”
“But I think the whole industry, us included, have moved beyond that,” he added. “Our games let you choose your main character, I think everyone gets that nowadays. You don’t need to see a character to identify with, in the same way you might on a movie poster. People want to create their own characters, customize them, and we’re embracing that.”
But will female Ryder be featured on Andromeda’s box art?. Asked if Andromeda’s cover might include a gender-neutral silhouette of the chief part (like the Dragon Age Inquisition did), Flynn said, “We’re staying down that path.”
Andromeda was originally scheduled to come out in 2016, but in May, BioWare announced that the game is now arriving in “Early 2017.” The game was delayed “to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be,” BioWare said at the time.