Fans of BioWare’s eternally lauded Mass Effect series were treated to quite the spectacle on social media today, just in time for the annual N7 holiday that commemorates the sci-fi RPG series every November.
However, this was definitely not the usual celebration of days gone by with Commander Shepherd. Instead, we have something cosmic hype-inducing, to say the least.
As of this morning, it initially came in the form of rather cryptic clips posted on EAs official website each lasting just a few seconds and featuring some mysterious transcript codes at the top emblazoned with notable terms like “Andromeda,” “Alliance,” as well as “Epsilon,” “Oculon,” and “Nebula.”
The individual clips were difficult to decipher, but by the end of the afternoon EA had finally released a full version of the entire scene, all 34 delicious seconds of it.
Naturally, players flocked to platforms like Twitter and others Reddit to speculate and pick apart every millisecond and every visual detail of the video they can. There is no dialogue or text on the screen that gives anything away.
The focus is on a mysterious masked character decked out in some very snazzy looking N7 gear. Brandishing a pistol, they walk through a corridor and out into an unrecognizable but probably unforgiving landscape on an unnamed planet.
Aside from the unknown figure walking past a Krogan in the first second of the video, there aren’t many things to note. We’d probably assume that this menacing-looking person is our new protagonist, and all we have to say is that he’s tall, slim, and wearing N7 gear, which seems to indicate his respective faction.
Some have pointed out that “Epsilon”, the fifth letter in the Greek alphabet, could potentially hint at a possible name for the fifth installment in the franchise. Others speculate that all three terms, “Epsilon,” “Oculon,” and “Nebula,” could also serve as an abbreviation for “Eon,” another possible title.
Be that as it may, EA clearly wanted to grab the attention of every die-hard fan on this occasion and they definitely succeeded. It’s the biggest reveal yet since BioWare’s blog post late last year. When we’ll get an official glimpse of what to expect with “Mass Effect 5” would be our educated guess Game Awards on December 7thin exactly one month.
If this is the case, we will definitely move quickly with our coverage of this announcement.