Bioware's been pretty tight-lipped about the details of its new Mass Effect game, but a Reddit user purports to have completed an official survey for the game that reveals some juicy new details about our upcoming return to the perilous vault of space.
There's a precis of all the major points in the gallery above but, in short, it appears to be taking a similar structure to its predecessors, but with more opportunity for player choice and exploration along the way - even pushing hesitantly into strategy game territory along the way.
My favourite tidbit so far is the casting of a player-character whose mission is not purely militaristic. For me, Bioware's always at its most interesting when it tries to replicate some real political intrigue (see: the conversational machinations of visiting The Winter Palace in Dragon Age: Inquisition), so a game that allows for an emphasis on chatting over blasting sounds just dandy.
Of course, the problem with getting excited is that none of this might be, you know, real. While that's a distinct possibility, I'd point to Bioware's own track record with surveys as a reason to be cheerful. Back in 2012, a similar story flew around about Inquisition, and many of the details revealed turned out to be bang-on. Add to that the fact that Mass Effect is presumably a little further on in development, and I'm cautiously hopeful that what we're seeing here is at least Bioware's intent, if not the final version of the game.