Explorers Wanted Contest Winners

After intense deliberation, we’ve selected the winners of the “Explorers Wanted” voice-over contest.

We received over 16,000 entries, each filled with enthusiasm, skill, and passion. Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to submit an entry.

It was difficult to narrow down such a talented field, but two explorers made it to the stars: Congratulations to Kyle Land and Cari Scholtens for sending their voices to Andromeda. Well done, citizens!

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Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Reveal

In Mass Effect: Andromeda, you’ll lead humanity into an uncharted galaxy, encountering undiscovered worlds, alien species, wondrous technology, and all-new gameplay. At The Game Awards 2016, we revealed brand-new gameplay footage and are thrilled to share it with you.

To learn more about what you’re seeing in the trailer, head to the Mass Effect: Andromeda website.

How to Find Andromeda in the Night Sky

Want to see more of Andromeda, but not quite ready to take the journey?

You’re in luck, because you can see Andromeda right here from the comfort of planet Earth. Using only a telescope and a pair of binoculars, we’ll show you how to spot our nearest galactic neighbor on a clear night. No telescope? That’s okay. Andromeda is large enough to see with the naked eye.

Here are some tips:

  • Leave the city. The further you are from light pollution, the easier Andromeda will be to locate.
  • A telescope will help you get a closer look, but isn’t necessary. Andromeda is large enough to see with the unaided eye.
  • If you’re in the northern hemisphere, Cassiopeia is always visible above the horizon. When it goes dark, look for Cassiopeia in the northeast. As the night progresses, it will move high north in the sky.

Here’s the star map in the video for your reference:
starmap Thanks to the Edmonton chapter of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada for the telescope. http://edmontonrasc.com

Everything You Need To Know This N7 Day

There’s a whole lot to do this N7 Day! In case you missed it, here’s what’s going on:

Andromeda Initiative

Sign up to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime journey. The Andromeda Initiative is currently accepting recruits for our voyage to another galaxy. Learn everything you’ll need to know about the mission and what awaits you on the other side.

BioWare Beacon

Interested in giving us feedback on upcoming BioWare releases? Sign up for BioWare Beacon, your destination for all BioWare betas, tech tests, and special programs. Just use your EA account to log in, then answer a brief survey about your gaming preferences. After that, you can apply for any active or upcoming programs, where you’ll have the opportunity to give us valuable feedback.

Back to the Future

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The Mass Effect 2 and 3 are now backwards-compatible on Xbox One. Just pop in your original disks and relive the series that started it all; or—if you’re subscribed to the EA Access Vault and Origin Access Vault*, you can access the games there. And while you don’t need to have played the trilogy to enjoy Mass Effect: Andromeda, you can still take the Normandy for one last ride.

*CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE http://www.ea.com/eaaccess AND http://www.origin.com/store/origin-access FOR DETAILS.

The BioWare Store

Andromeda Initiative Tee: Get your exclusive Andromeda Initiative tee, only available during the week of N7 Day. Available in ladies and unisex sizes.

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Mass Effect Capsule Collection: Rock the N7 look for all seasons. This all new Mass Effect capsule collection contains everything you need to go exploring the galaxy this fall. Featuring all-new tees, dresses, hoodies, and jackets, it’s sure to give you the best wardrobe on the Citadel.fb-me-capsulecollection

On Vinyl, Once and For All

The Mass Effect Trilogy soundtrack is available on vinyl for the first time ever. Bringing together music from all three games, including bonus tracks from DLC, this limited edition pressing comes on four, heavyweight records. Relive your favorite moments from the Mass Effect universe through some of the most memorable videogame music ever created.

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We Love Fine Deals

Get 20 per cent off all Mass Effect shirts at We Love Fine from now until Friday at midnight Pacific.

Explorers Wanted Contest

You’re an explorer. You’ve always wondered what it would be like to see the stars and discover new worlds. While we can’t physically send you to space, we can send your voice to Andromeda.

Starting September 12, 2016 at 6 PM GMT, we’re giving you the chance to voice a character in an upcoming Mass Effect videogame.

All you need to do is download a script, upload your vocal take, send the link to explorers@bioware.com, and you’ll be entered. Video and audio recordings are both acceptable. Once you’ve submitted your entry, we encourage you to share it on social media with #ExplorersWanted.

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No accents, makeup, costumes, or props are necessary: just a recording of you speaking in your natural voice. If you want to be a little more dramatic, feel free—just remember that your entry will be judged on the quality of your voice performance and how well it matches the Mass Effect style.

The contest entry period closes on September 28, 2016 at 6:59 AM GMT, at which point the entries will be judged by a panel of BioWare employees. The potential winner will be notified on or before November 30, 2016.

The winner will be flown to one of our recording studios, put up in a hotel for up to two nights, and perform in a professional recording session.

Are you ready to explore Andromeda?

Read the full contest rules below for details and eligibility requirements.

Rules

FAQ

Are the scripts intended to be read by a particular gender?

No. Both scripts are gender-neutral and can be read by anyone, regardless of gender.

Do I need to read the lines of the other character in the script? How about the directions? Should I have someone else read the lines of the other character?

No. All you need to read are the lines of Jordan Tate and/or the Tough Mercenary.

Can I include music or sound effects in my recording?

No. We need to hear your voice clearly, so entries with music or sound effects will be rejected.