Mass Effect Andromeda promised a lot, but unfortunately wasn’t able to deliver everything we thought it would. It ended up with poor commercial performance and the Mass Effect series as a whole being put on hold for the foreseeable future. Fans were disappointed with the fact that important parts of the story that were meant to be filled in with single-player DLC just wouldn’t come to fruition anymore. Now there’s a new bit of media meant to do just that: a new Mass Effect novel.
Mass Effect: Annihilation is an upcoming book BioWare just announced, meant to tell the story of the 20,000 drell, elcor, batarian, and quarian colonists who were previously en route to Andromeda via the Keelah Si’yah ark. It didn’t reach Andromeda in time for when the story took place, leaving these valuable members of the game’s narrative up for questioning.
“A pathogen is discovered aboard the ark after many drell are found dead in their cryo pods. As the pathogen jumps species, the ship’s systems begin to fail, making it clear this is no accident.”
The novel is being penned by author Catherine M. Valente, and it’s set for release in the US in 2018 on June 26. If you’re curious about the various races that were curiously missing in the game (especially the quarians) then perhaps this book will help answer all the questions you still have.