BioWare boss Casey Hudson celebrates N7 Day with a sip of coffee

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N7 Day is once again upon us, and you'd probably be forgiven for thinking that it's lost a little of its luster over the years. It's been more than six years since the Mass Effect trilogy wrapped up, after all, and Mass Effect: Andromeda's most lasting impact was forcing the closure of BioWare Montreal. But BioWare isn't trying to slip away from it quietly. 

I think it's telling that the video focuses primarily on the Shepard series: There's a group shot of the Andromeda gang but it passes quickly, and the up-close focus is on familiar faces like Garrus, Mordin, Thane, and Legion—and of course the Normandy and the Citadel are in there too. It's an implicit acknowledgment, in case anyone needed it, that Andromeda was a stumble: Not an ET-magnitude disaster, but probably not where BioWare and EA plan to pin the future of the series either. 

And clearly (and happily), the series does have a future. The promise of a glimpse into it is maybe a little oversold (I don't think the Xbox One X enhancements count) but Casey Hudson "dreaming about what the next great Mass Effect game will be" while taking a slurp from an "I Should Go" mug is not the sort of thing a studio does when it's trying to get people to think about something else.   

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If you've still got Mass Effect 3 installed, N7 Day is also a good opportunity to check out some significant new mods that have just been released. We've got got some thoughts on BioWare's best and worst companions that you might find interesting—unsurprisingly, the Mass Effect crew dominates the list. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.