You've seen the Mass Effect: Andromeda E3 2016 trailer by now, right? If so, then you may or may not know that around the 1:30 mark, we get our first real glimpse of the game's customisable main character, Ryder. Much like Commander Shepard, Ryder can be male or female depending on your preference, but unlike Shepard's last-gen trilogy, BioWare has decided to lead with a female hero instead of a male one. Given that male Shepard's recognisable mug was plastered over countless marketing materials, putting a female protagonist into the spotlight may seem like an unusual choice to some, but in an interview with Eurogamer, BioWare explains why it made the decision.
"When we debuted male Shepard back in 2006, 10 years ago, it was a time when we drew inspiration from traditional entertainment marketing [...] We need a iconic main character. We need an iconic everything else," says studio boss Aaryn Flynn.
"But I think the whole industry, us included, have moved beyond that. Our games let you choose your main character, I think everyone gets that nowadays," Flynn continues, adding: "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, customise them, and we're embracing that." Fair enough we reckon - we're always up for some good character creation.
So we have to ask: did you play as a male Shepard or female Shepard in the original trilogy? Do you think it matters that BioWare decided to debut with a female Ryder at E3? Spend hours getting your character's face just right in the comments section below.