mass effect andromeda ryder

Mass Effect Andromeda producer Mike Gamble has revealed the new name of the game’s new protagonist, and it’s MOONCHILD. Wait, no, that’s the new name of the Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story, and this joke is probably too 80s for most of you. I can’t help it, I’ve been watching the Trials of the Blood Dragon trailer all day, and now I’m stuck in VHS. Help. Somebody send help. Like, a bag of Cuddles and some Mello Yello.

But seriously, I’m not dropping spoilers on the front page or Dane will throw pies at me. Hit the jump for the big reveal.

Ryder! It’s Ryder. Available in FemRyder and HeRyder in March 2017.

Original Mass Effect series hero Shepard was named for the first American man in space, Alan Shepard, but Ryder is a bit more obscure. It could be a reference to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, but spelled with a “y” because it’s more sci-fi or because “Commander Ride” sounds like a porn name. Or maybe it’s Ryder because it’s cool and trendy. Whatever, my Ryder will be Moonchild Ryder and she’s going to save the whole of Fantasia.