Mass Effect: Andromeda concept art shows cut alien designs and a brunette Cora in N7 gear

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Early concept art for Cora Harper shows her as a brunette in N7 uniform, alongside a huge variety of bizarre aliens and extraterrestrial worlds.

Makes you wonder which of your squadmates in Mass Effect: Andromeda had radically different early concepts.

The collection comes via Kotaku, and contains dozens of pieces of character and environment art in varying stages of development, from concepts to versions that closely resemble those in the finished game.

To judge from the work of senior concept artist Ben Lo, your no-nonsense squadmate Cora went through a number of early designs:

And at one point, she was envisaged as an N7 marine:

This concept, also by Ben Lo, appears to show a new sentient alien race riding a pack animal. Pack alien. Whatever, it looks cool:

Senior concept artist Brian Sum drew up a number of early designs for the Nexus, some of which are much more Citadel-like than the one we ended up with:

And of course there are some truly stunning pieces of planetary concept art that would be at home in any respectable gallery, like this, from senior concept artist Thomas Pringle:

Check out the whole collection over at Kotaku - it's well worth a look.

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8 Months ago

Brunette N7 Cora.. That's an idea I definitely could have backed. The only reason I can see the change is for fear that the character would end up too similar to Ashley. In truth, I've played 20+ hours and she's the only party member I hold no interest in. Too much military, not enough of her. Sure she has a story about her botany plant collection, but the relationship was dead before it began. She is set against you from the beginning (she was set to become Pathfinder but events led to you being given the job without qualification or training).

With nothing interesting to learn from her choices (her opinions have always been standard military-first), there's no fun in talking to her. The only time I took her off ship with me was at unavoidable times (introduction and 1 loyalty mission so far). I suppose 5 out of 6 team-mates being interesting is decent, but it's not Carling. Cora isn't the Carling standards that the series' predecessors have set. They'd need to pull a miracle in story writing for that to change at all.

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