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With the newest game in the Mass Effect saga set for launch early next year, questions from the original trilogy still remain. These questions only intensified once it became known that Mass Effect: Andromeda is not a direct continuation of the original Mass Effect Trilogy. To alleviate these concerns, four separate novels have been commissioned by the book publisher Titan Books, with the first novel by Fantasy and Science Fiction writer N.K. Jemisin, who is the author of the Inheritance Trilogy. The book is to be published this coming August.

That novel, which is entitled Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative, is estimated to be around 336 pages and will “… act as prequel and sequels to the events in the games and will become part of the overarching Mass Effect saga.” The publisher also elucidates that the focus of the novels will be on ‘key characters’ and will answer the ‘many’ questions that fans of the series have had since the conclusion of the trilogy.

With the release of the newest Mass Effect game next March, two of the four books will be out by around the time the next game launches, with the second book to be released this upcoming March. The next two books will be released in September 2017 and March 2018 respectively, with the last book being written by Mass Effect: Andromeda creative director Mac Walters.

Quick Take:

Given that there only is so much time and resources that can be utilized in creating a video game, this decision makes a degree of sense, but only if the books are not vital to understanding the plot of the next series of Mass Effect games. Hopefully, the promised revelations are not only relegated to the books, as if not there may be a very confused gaming-only audience come early next year.

What do you think of reading novels to see your questions answered? Are you likely to purchase them? Let us know in the comments!

Patrick Perrault

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Writer for TechRaptor, who hopes to gain valuable experience in a constantly changing industry.

  • Kyle Francoeur

    It’s spelled N.K. Jemisin.

  • Galbador

    Wow, right here, you can see how well planned this crap was.

    “Who needs continuity, just mik the people and make sure that they buy all the stuff we offer them, because ONLY like that, they will get the full story and knowledge. About the story itself?

    Nah, just write some dumb story about living machines and a star child, who care… all that counts is to make money!”

    And now they think that people will buy Andromeda? I really hope that people learned from this, but as I know mankind… everything shiny is more interesting that the beartrap on which it lies. I just can’t wait for the first person to yell “This game SUCKS!!!”

  • Patrick Perrault

    Thanks for the correction! 🙂

  • morzinbo

    Games industry keeps giving jobs to people who hate games. It’s like Stockholm Syndrome.

  • Robert Grosso

    It’s been well established BioWare didn’t really have a confirmed ending to the Mass Effect Trilogy when they started working on the game.

    That is not EA’s fault at all.

    As for the books, they did backstory for Dragon Age in them as well, and some characters and events that happened in-universe were expanded on the books (Orlesian Civil War, Cole, Michel De Chavin, and a few others). This is nothing new really, and it never really had a bearing on the base game outside of character introductions and questlines.

  • Scionyde

    N.K Jemisin does seem a tad SJW-ish looking at her twitter and interviews, but I’m willing to set that aside assuming the book doesn’t come across heavy-handed and preachy. What I’m not willing to set aside is the fact that she hates ME1 and loves ME3. That **** ain’t right.

  • Galbador

    So what? Is this an excuse? It is just a lousy way to milk people, who want to know more about the story of those games.

  • Robert Grosso

    No, it’s a fact, actually.

    If you see it as milking the audience, don’t buy the book. For others if they feel like reading a book or enjoying the work or whatever, it’s an option for them. Point is, it’s not necessary to play the game.

  • Kev Lew

    as long as they are not restricting vital races to pre-order DLC I will see what happens after the next games are out, up to and including all season pass content.

  • Yosharian

    >she hates ME1 and loves ME3

    Interesting. Sauce?

  • Scionyde

    I don’t disagree with all the ME problems she highlights, but in my mind ME1’s positives far outweigh its negatives. Also, I felt ME3 dumbed down too many of its complex issues (Genophage, Cerberus, etc.) to be considered “brilliant.”
    Personally, I also think she’s a little too obsessed with race as seen in her Bioshock Infinite review. Columbia was racist, sure, but in my mind it was a wider class struggle meant to be similar to the French Revolution – after all, the Vox Populi had plenty of non-minorities. When she says stuff like “It’s clear they (the developers) consider people of color at least partially to blame for the system of racism, and it’s clear they think getting angry about
    racism is just as bad as being racist.” that’s when I start considering the SJW label.