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Planets are located in star systems and can be explored and colonized. There are over a hundred planets and a handful that can be explored.

List of explorable planets[edit | edit source]

Planets have a minimum viability level before an outpost can be built.

Golden worlds[edit | edit source]

Golden worlds are planets in Andromeda's Heleus cluster that are either the strongest possible candidates for settlement, or whose resources could bolster the Initiative's chances at long-term survival Based on survey data and long-term projections, some are believed to be garden worlds capable of supporting life, others are mineral "treasure troves" that could supply fledgling colonies with vital resources.

These worlds were designated Habitats 1-7. While not generally used in planetary surveying, the term "golden worlds" was coined by the Andromeda Initiative's marketing team and has stuck ever since.

Charting habitable planets[edit | edit source]

Charting the Andromeda Galaxy for habitable planets presents a unique challenge. Observation is limited by light, and given Andromeda's distance, any observations from the Milky Way are 2.5 million years out of date - enough time for a planet to have altered irrevocably.

Initial attempts to identify settlement sites were made by obtaining asari astronomical surveys and running them through predictive models. But Jien Garson was unwilling to risk thousands of colonists without solid information.

Eventually, the Initiative obtained promising data from quarian explorers who claimed to have found a geth array on the fringes of the Perseus Veil. This array was supposedly built from three mass relays, using sensors in the combined relay corridor as a form of FTL "telescope" to observe dark space beyond the galactic rim. Why the geth expanded so much effort to study dark space is not known.

Amongst these observations were near-contemporary surveys of Andromeda. When our predictive models confirmed them within an acceptable margin, the Initiative was able to begin identifying "golden worlds."

Achievements and trophies[edit | edit source]

The following achievements and trophies can be earned which are related to Planets: