Who could realistically show up in Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda may be placed in the future but that does not mean our favorite characters from the Mass Effect trilogy wont show up.

Last year, BioWare announced that the Mass Effect series will continue in with Mass Effect: Andromeda. While not a lot of information has been circulated about the new game, there are a few things that are clear. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be placed in an all-new galaxy with all-new characters. 

If you have played any BioWare games, you are aware that there are a lot of crossover characters within a series. It does not matter if you are playing the Dragon Age or Mass Effect series, or even a deep cut like Knights of the Old Republic, old characters show up in the new games in many ways. They could just be a small part in a quest, a large part in a storyline, or even a member of your squad. In Mass Effect 3, almost your entire squad was from the first Mass Effect

With this in mind, Mass Effect: Andromeda has been said to be placed far away and long after events of the Mass Effect trilogy. 

Does this mean that there won't be any of our favorite characters we have followed through the trilogy? Maybe.

Let's look at this realistically. The average lifespan for the characters is the biggest problem. If they could not realistically survive that long, then the probability of the character showing up is greatly lowered.

Lets look at the lifespans: 

Turians, Humans, and Quarians have similar lifespans. Turians are able to live the longest, while the heightened possibility of sickness in Quarians makes their lifespans the shortest.  

Krogan and Asari can live to be over 1,000. (Of course, that is not accounting for certain pureblood Krogan that may live longer. I really want an old Grunt to show up and still be killing Thresher Maws in his off time.)

Salarians rarely reach 40.

AIso, Geth and Prothean have an unknown lifespan. (At least to us. No information about it shows up in the codex during gameplay.) It is safe to say that artificial intelligence probably do not die. 

With these sad facts, this leaves only a few possible characters to realistically be in Mass Effect: Andromeda

  1. Grunt: Everyone's favorite awe-worthy, pureblood Krogan. We see his birth in Mass Effect 2. He's got at least another 1000 years on him. 
  2. Liara T'Soni: She is very young when the Mass Effect trilogy starts, and therefore may be around for at least 900 years if she lives a long life.
  3. EDI: Being artificial intelligence, there is no reason that she could not live for a very long time. Plus, she should not be able to die even if her new body from the third game is damaged. 
  4. Javik: Who knows what the Prothean will be up to at the end of the game? Might go back to sleep for another couple centuries.
  5. Legion: Like EDI, Geth are artificial intelligence and therefore it is possible that he be alive. 

There you have it. The realistic list of characters we could see if Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place within a millennium. 

Who would you like to see in the game, realistically or not? Let me know in the comments!


Geeky gamer with a BA in Anthropology who liked playing Shadows of Mordor for the insight into Orc/Uruk hai society.

Published Jan. 23rd 2016
  • topher339
    Actually, as far as the Quarians are concerned, I think how long they live would be similar to however long they lived before the Morning War.

    Tali said that with the Geth tech they could be out of their suits within three years (this is assuming you got the Geth and Quarians to work together in ME3). So, depending on how much later this is, we could see some Quarians with fully functioning immune systems (although they would likely still use suits as a cultural thing).

    Basically, they could potentially live just as long as humans.
  • Alec Pearce
    Well Legion dies no matter what you decide in Mass Effect 3, so he shouldn't even be on the list of possibles.

    As far as Javik is concerned, in ME3 if Shephard gets him to relive his old memories and then asks what he is going to do after the war is over, he says he will return to the place his people died and take his own life to join them. So yeah doubtful he'll return haha.

    The others I guess are possible but probably in minor 'easter-egg' roles if anything, certainly not major characters.
  • KendraG
    That was my bad with Legion. A friend told me it was possible for him to survive but he rarely even makes it out of ME2 with me so I should have double checked. HOWEVER, if NCIS has taught me anything it's that you can't truly wipe a hard drive so who knows.

    In fiction fashion, unless I see the death it doesn't mean it happens. hahah

    Also, in a universe where the whole storyline hinges on the fact a character comes back from the dead. I don't really see death as an issue.

    I wouldn't be completely surprised if there is a Shepard clone or something (again) in it.

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