The Dev Team seems to be indicating that the new set of characters in Andromeda will be younger, untested. That they will undergo a hero's journey, from nothing to hero.
I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it could be fun to see how a character develops over time. On the other hand, I'm really concerned that they'll make the characters emo self conscious second guessing obnoxious twits. Nothing I hate more than whiny characters who are spending all their time sort of figuring it out as they go along, like insecure teenagers.
Some of my favorite gaming characters lately have been Commander Shepard and Geralt of Rivia, both of whom are adults with their own accomplishments under their belts, secure in who they are. Sure, they aren't perfect, they absolutely make mistakes. They have personal tragedies and triumphs. But they don't spend a bunch of time worrying about what other people are going to think about them, or figuring out if what they're doing is the right thing or not. They act (based on the player's decisions), and then they deal with the consequences. That's a much more engaging character to me.
The contrast to that is in FFXIII, where Snow spends the whole first part of the game boasting about how much of a hero he is (very immature and self centered), while Hope spends the whole first part of the game seething with misplaced but impotent rage. Both of these things are the least likeable traits of teenagers, and I can't imagine why people would want to roleplay those attributes.
Anyway, the game's not out, we don't know much, but I'm a little concerned by what I see. It's quite possible I'm reading way too much into it. What does everyone else think makes for good and bad characters?