BioWare introduces one of the newest cast members in its upcoming game Mass Effect Andromeda. Actor Kumail Nanjiani steps into the Andromeda galaxy. Just who is his character, and how can his role affect the story?
His addition to the cast of Mass Effect Andromeda is proof that BioWare is stopping at nothing to make the game a newer experience. The return of Loyalty Missions and an improved dialogue system teases some intense narrative. Adding big stars like Nanjiani means BioWare may be taking yet another big step forward.
Mass Effect Andromeda is the latest in the line of BioWare’s Mass Effect games. This is a new story starring a new set of characters. The game takes place in the Andromeda galaxy, where a group of explorers try to find a new home. Nanjiani will be part of these heroes – or is he?
Mass Effect Andromeda: Space Frog
Comedian Nanjiani has touched the hearts of a lot of viewers in the past. It makes perfect sense that BioWare’s official introduction to the actor will be humorous as well. The confirmation of his appearance is courtesy of a YouTube video, posted below.
Unfortunately, BioWare has not expanded on Nanjiani’s full role in the game. The clip itself did not introduce the character he will be portraying per se. However, given the humorous nature of the video and BioWare’s penchant for teasers, then “space frog” may be a hint.
According to Game Rant, the depiction of “silly” catchphrases and the terminology used for his character’s physical description points towards a familiar species. In Mass Effect, the salarian are warm-blooded amphibians that are native to Sur’Kesh. Given that the planet is a Milky Way native, this means Nanjiani’s character is either part of the expedition or part of another cruise.
Salarians are hyperactive. They talk fast, move fast and think fast, which befits the personality of a comedian. However, their metabolisms also mean they don’t live a long life. They have photographic memories, and when they “imprint” on another person, the bond lasts for a lifetime.
However, given that salarians are in no way completely good or evil, Nanjiani’s allegiance is not known. Salarians are known to be inventive, which means his character might be an engineer or some sort of merchant. It will be humorous to see how Nanjiani’s character will perceive physical relationships, as salarians also have no concept of “love” and sexual attraction.
Regardless, Nanjiani’s reputation for being a comedian is an interesting addition to the game. After all, the game will now feature a more “dynamic” dialogue wheel. It is interesting to see just how his character reacts to some humorous questions.
Nanjiani in Perspective
Nanjiani is best known for being a main cast member of Silicon Valley, and for voicing Prismo in Adventure Time. He also starred in Franklin & Bash and Newsreaders.
According to his IMDb profile, Nanjiani is best known for his comedic roles, however he is also a writer and producer. He wrote episodes of Michael & Michael Have Issues, a short called Monsters of the Week, and The Big Sick. The actor also produced a television special called Kumain Nanjiani: Beta Male, and The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, both of which he starred in.
However, Nanjiani also had a few rounds in the gaming industry as well. He’s Reggie from The Walking Dead: Season 2 and Fight Haver from Fight Haver (Fast Drive). This means he’s no rookie in the voice acting industry.
Regardless, this is not the first time BioWare enlisted the help of talented voice actors for their characters. For instance, celebrity Seth Green (Austin Powers) played Jeff Moreau. Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, SpongeBob SquarePants) was also cast as Alec Ryder, the father of the game’s protagonist.
The game is set for a March 21, 2017 release for the PC, PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One.