Some Reddit users have claimed that thefor Mass Effect: Andromeda released back on 7 November 2015 had an Easter Egg that revealed the protagonist's last name.
In the corner of the video, there seems to be athat appears to have the name "RYDER" imprinted on it.
The name could be a reference to Sally Ride, who remains the youngest American to go to space. Ride achieved the fate at age 32 in 1983. The original trilogy's Shepard's name was a tribute to Alan Shepard, who in 1961 was the second American in space.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is due to be released late 2016. No gameplay or story videos have been unveiled yet for the fourth game in the Mass Effect series.