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.

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


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.


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.


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.




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, 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.



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.



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.

PAX West 2016

We’re hitting the road for the last time this summer, bringing the BioWare Base to PAX West once again. We’ll be located in room 2AB, upstairs at the Washington State Convention Center.

This year, find out if you have what it takes to be an N7 operative at our Systems Alliance Recruitment Center. In a series of challenges, test your prowess in combat, biotics, and tech, racing against the clock to prove you’re worthy of wearing the red-and-white stripes.

mapStop by the BioWare base to meet some of our developers, or catch up with them at the following events:

BioWare Dev Signings

  • Saturday, September 3, 1-2pm: Sanshee Booth #2613
  • Sunday, September 4, 1-2pm: Sanshee Booth #2613


Saturday: 2pm
Making and Promoting Non-Traditional Characters in Games

Games are finally starting to reflect their diverse players with more types of characters, scenarios, and approaches to gameplay. Whether it’s writing a one-eyed pansexual bull and his trans lieutenant; featuring non-white main characters; showcasing the female option in marketing; creating an entire cast caught in a web of gender, sexuality, and ability; acquiring unusual indie titles; or keeping the conversation going; it’s crucial. Hear from those who did it and how they’ll do it again.

Featuring Patrick Weekes—Lead Writer, Dragon Age franchise

Saturday: 8pm
Foreplay: Romance in Games

So, what’s it like to be in the business of making gamers fall in love with characters that aren’t real? With a growing diversity of games, we have a broader spectrum of romances than ever. But what makes you fall in love with your favorite in-game paramour? Hitting the right balance of writing, artwork, voice acting and music is complicated. How do the pros do it? And what could the future hold? Come cuddle up as we turn down the lights and turn down the bed on modern, digital romance.

Featuring Mike Laidlaw—Creative Director, Dragon Age franchise

Sunday: 2pm
Team Up: Women in Games & Tech

Women are a driving force behind many creative disciplines in both the video game industry and tech. Join the discussion to learn about overcoming common obstacles, hear war stories, and get networking advice from professionals. We will cover topics from getting a job to growing your career and everything in between. Come prepared to ask questions, and get ready for an uplifting conversation on how to effect positive change in your career.

Featuring Melanie Fleming—Localization Producer, BioWare studios

Forging the Inquisition Longsword

Many swords of myth and legend are found in Dragon Age, but most remain confined to their digital world. That’s why we asked local blacksmith Shawn Cunningham of Front Step Forge to bring the Inquisition Longsword to life.

Watch Shawn use a mix of modern and ancient techniques to shape blocks of steel into a masterfully crafted blade worthy of any Seeker.

You can learn more about Shawn and his work on his website: