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Anthem shows off a sleek new Mass Effect armor look for the Interceptor suit

Anthem is the first all-new franchise that BioWare's brought from concept to full game in more than a decade… but heck, it still isn't gonna stop you from dressing up like Commander Shepard if you want. To commemorate BioWare's made-up (but still rather sweet) November 7 "N7 Day" celebrations, Anthem lead producer Michael Gamble shared an image of an Interceptor-class Javelin rocking the good old red-and-white stripe.

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We already knew you'd be able to customize your robo-suits with a range of color schemes and decals, and this proves that goes much deeper than palette swaps; the high-tech carbon fiber textures evoke that hard-ish sci-fi Mass Effect aesthetic in a fondly familiar way. BioWare had actually shared a brief glimpse at a Ranger suit with an N7 look during E3, but this new image seems to confirm an equally important detail: you'll be able to cosplay as Shepard no matter which suit you're rocking.

Granted, we haven't actually seen the Colossus and Storm suits in N7 regalia yet, but it would be super unfair to deprive those two while the others have their fun. And though Mass Effect fans may have some mixed feelings about Anthem's status as the hot new sci-fi property at BioWare, Darrah confirmed that the studio does plan to return to Mass Effect… eventually. At some point. In some form.

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Gamble added that the studio has sent out a surprise Xbox One X update for Mass Effect: Andromeda, letting the 4K-focused console enjoy the same visual improvements as PS4 Pro. So this year's N7 Day wasn't all nods to Mass Effect from other games.

Find out more about how each suit works as Anthem's game director breaks down what all four Javelins are about.

Connor Sheridan

I got a BA in journalism from Central Michigan University - though the best education I received there was from CM Life, its student-run newspaper. Long before that, I started pursuing my degree in video games by bugging my older brother to let me play Zelda on the Super Nintendo. I've previously been a news intern for GameSpot, a news writer for CVG, and now I'm a staff writer here at GamesRadar.