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Despite not offering a divisive season pass with Mass Effect: Andromeda, developer Bioware plans to support the game extensively (and for free!) after its recent release. This was said by Bioware’s Ian S. Frazier on his Twitter page in a response to an inquiring user. This would probably not apply if and when Bioware decides to start selling expansions.

This support would be coming in the form of patches addressing issues as they come up.

There is a bit of controversy surrounding the unpolished state of some aspects of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Over the last few days, players discovered some very shoddy animation quality present in the game, which has had a disheartening effect on fans of the franchise. Hopefully, their support includes fixing something that many people see as immersion breaking.

Whatever the case, they almost immediately started supporting the game with a patch, which aims to fix a bunch of bugs present in the game’s Origin Access trial. This patch fixes a range of things like a black screen issue making the game unplayable; minor text, quest, and UI tweaks and fixes; some balance changes to some of the game’s weaponry; and a fix for that classic bug where quest markers don’t appear. Versions of this patch are available on the PlayStation Network and PC, as well as on Xbox Live.

The game released a few days ago in North America and shortly after in Europe. Mass Effect: Andromeda has gotten average to very positive reviews, most of them citing the game’s lack of polish as a major flaw. Ours is still in progress so be sure to check back soon!


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There seems to be a fine bit of hyperbole going around. The screenshots that circulated online for the last few days do look pretty terrible, but it’s definitely not a common occurrence, with the game looking pretty fantastic in places. Regardless of my own feelings on the matter, the reaction from the Internet feels like overkill on some level. People really don’t like the animations. I’ve finished and enjoyed Life Is Strangeso maybe I’m just impervious to bad lip syncing and wooden animation. 

What do you think of the controversy surrounding Mass Effect: Andromeda? Let us know in the comment section down below!

 

 

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Chris Anderson

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I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.


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