Take a tour of the Tempest in the new Mass Effect: Andromeda video

 A new Mass Effect: Andromeda Initiative training update provides a closer look at the Tempest, the Normandy-like ship that will carry you on your mission, and the modular off-roader Nomad it carries inside.

The Tempest is a runner, not a fighter: It's not weighed down by heavy armor, nor does it sport a main gun. But it is equipped with advanced stealth systems, and also state-of-the-art crew quarters, research facilities, tech and bio labs, and even the Pathfinder's cabin—a well-appointed pad with a great view, which is of course off-limits to the rank-and-file. (Unless you invite them up, that is.) 

Down in the cargo hold you'll find the Nomad, the updated edition of the mighty Mako that gives intrepid explorers the ability to go cruising on alien worlds. It features interchangeable four-wheel or six-wheel drive, a rear fuel-injection boost system "to propel you forward"—basically a Batmobile turbine—and vertical thrusters to enable jumps. On-board systems, and even the paint job, can be customized to adapt the vehicle to different environments.   

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be out on March 21 in North America, and March 23 in Europe. 

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.