Commander Shepard's companion characters are a big part of the Mass Effect DNA, and a big reason why the story so effectively sucks players in. Mass Effect 2 offered a mix of new and old party members, and next year's Mass Effect 3 will follow suit. Casey Hudson, executive producer at BioWare, revealed one of the new faces as a thank to the 10,000 fans who now follow him on Twitter.
Ladies and gentleman, meet our newest Mass Effect 3 pal: James Vega.
The human Vega is a Systems Alliance (Earth's voice at the Citadel) soldier. He was mentioned in the May 2011 issue of Game Informer, described as a well-trained soldier who isn't so up on interstellar politics, notes.
You can see a much larger full-body shot of the new character below. Every little bit revealed helps us overlook the fact that Mass Effect 3 won't be seen until next March, so enjoy the image!