November 7th is an ordinary day to some, but to Mass Effect die-hards, it’s a day of celebrating. N7 Day 2021 is today, and while we didn’t get any new information about the next game in the series, we did get some reminders of what makes this series — and its fans — so amazing. (Update: I spoke too soon — Bioware released new artwork from the next Mass Effect game.)
First up, Bioware is calling all fans to submit their “art, cosplay, screenshots and/or crafts” to the N7 Day sweepstakes for the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to the Bioware Gear Store and to be featured on EA’s socials. Speaking of which, everything (excluding pre-orders and already on-sale items) is 20% off the Bioware Gear Store for N7 Day.
Sanshee has a spectacular new Mass Effect print for sale, available in a signed and unsigned edition. They also have plenty of other great items available in their Mass Effect collection. Dark Horse Direct has a slick Garrus print and some very decorative paragon and renegade bookends for sale. However, Idea Planet may have the best item available at the moment — the company is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to get their fantastic Citadel statue made. For $199 fans can secure one in time for N7 Day next year as it isn’t expected to ship until November 2022.
A few months ago Bioware released some Legendary Edition player statistics, and today they shared even more. Destroying synthetic life was the most popular ending decision with 45% of players saying sayonara to the Reapers, the Geth, and EDI. Interestingly, 8% of playthroughs ended with Shepard refusing the choose between the three colors and instead players got to see the Milky Way lose its fight. Players absolutely hated Udina, with 6% of players choosing him to be humanity’s first councilor, which is less than the 9% of players who did not choose a councilor. Bafflingly, 15% of players did not recruit Garrus in ME1, and to them I ask — why? Just… why?
Unfortunately Mass Effect: Andromeda garnered barely a mention across N7 Day celebrations. While the game quickly drew ire from Mass Effect fans when it launched, I found myself enjoying it recently, years after it came out, and wouldn’t mind a return to the Andromeda galaxy.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition, collecting remasters of the original Mass Effect trilogy, is currently on sale for PC (via Steam and Origin) and the Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S (via the Microsoft Store). It is not on sale, however, on the PlayStation store. Check out the entire statistical graphic below.
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