Did the N7 Day Trailer Reveal the Mass Effect: Andromeda Main Character?

On November 7, the so called “N7 Day” BioWare and EA released a trailer that left many fans feeling a little emotional. Bringing back Jennifer Hale as the female version of Commander Shepard it was a “signing off” of the character as the franchise looks to the future.

While the trailer not only made fans nostalgic, it also appears to have revealed at least one interesting secret, or so fans believe. As the theory about to be discussed may actually be based on some truth, beware of spoilers.

As we don’t have much information about what is coming in Mass Effect: Andromeda the fact that information may have been hidden in the trailer is interesting. Eurogamer are reporting that if you pause the video at the 0:44 mark you may notice a dogtag in the bottom left of the picture, which we’ve helpfully shown below.


“The dogtag says RYDER/RIDER, which is probably a reference to Sally Ride, the first American woman in space,” Reddit user Benelioto theorised.

“This follows naturally from naming Commander Shepard after Alan [Shepard], the first American man in space.”

So if you look really close at the dog tags the name Ryder (or Rider) is shown. On the bottom right of the image is also what appears to be a family. Is this Ryder’s family? We’ll have to wait until next year to see if more revelations are made in terms of story.

What we can be sure of though is that there will be many fan theories about the game on the run up to release. I’m sure BioWare will be adding lots of little teases like this to keep fans invested in the build up to the game’s release.

What do you think of the fan theories around the trailer? Let us know your thoughts on the possible character spoilers below.