Mass Effect: Andromeda's protagonist is called Ryder

Shrugging off the given nicknames of Shepard 2, Mini Sheps, Reapo Girl and Iwaniuk, the man or woman we'll be playing for the next Mass Effect game - and, let's be honest, probably beyond - has the second name of Ryder. As much was revealed during interviews at E3 today, and then confirmed on Twitter by series producer Michael Gamble.

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It previously went unconfirmed whether our new hero/anti-hero would be known by Rider or Ryder, but this was cleared up in the following tweet.

Not to dive too deep on it, but what do we think of Ryder? Not exactly Shepard is it? Feels a bit short, and has none of the connotations - unsubtle as they were - of the original. Still, a little edgier, and we're all playing Rydergade anyway, right? Ah, wordplay, that must be why they did it.

Thanks, EG, who also point out this isn't the first time we've seen the name - it was spotted in a teaser trailer released last year.

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llubtoille Avatar
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9 Months ago

I would think many 'riding' orientated jokes would follow, but people got over the sheep herding aspect of Shepard pretty quick.

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QDP2 Avatar
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9 Months ago

That was because the story was strong enough for them to grow to like Shepard, as themselves. They never take the mic out of a character they like so much. It'd be the same as seeing someone put Garrus in a negative light. Odds are the same will happen again here.

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AnAuldWolf Avatar
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9 Months ago

After Overwatch... Don't get your hopes up, right? With a name like Ryder, I'm expecting all sorts of horrors. Oh dear. I really don't know what they were thinking.

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Scionyde Avatar
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9 Months ago

Seems like a reference to Sally Ride, similar to how Shepard was a reference to Alan Shepard. I suppose they could've used 'Ride' as the surname but that was probably a bit too obvious.

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Jenks Avatar
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9 Months ago

The answer to that madlibs tweet is "Fem"

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pegran Avatar
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9 Months ago

winona?

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