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It has been a few days since we last checked in with Mass Effect: Andromeda and a ton of info has been released and leaked to the public.

Most of the information has been coming from the official videos by both BioWare and the website IGN, which has been providing a first look at Mass Effect: Andromeda for the past two weeks with gameplay videos.

First up, is the official Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer, which hit this morning, to the rap song “Human” by Rag’n’Bone Man.

 

The launch trailer hype may not be for everyone’s tastes, but a ton of other news has been released. For starters, the final Andromeda Initiative video was uploaded yesterday, showcasing the seven ‘Golden Worlds’ found in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The video, narrated by science officer Suvi Anwar, showcases worlds that have the best shot at being habitable for the Initiative, including a lush tropical paradise, an orbital moon, an arid desert with underground water sources, and a world for Turians and Quarians to call their home. Interestingly enough, the video showcases seven different vignettes of worlds but doesn’t include some of the other worlds that have been hinted at, such as the rocky, volcanic world seen in previous trailers. This does imply that more than these golden worlds can be visited in Andromeda.

Some major revelations have been coming from the IGN video series as well. One example is a video showcasing the Nomad in action, including how to summon the Nomad on a planet, how you use the Nomad to mine for minerals, and installing upgrades to provide new abilities to the Nomad, including six-wheel drive, improved boost and shield generation, and life support systems.

Another IGN video focused on upgrades and the Nexus, including research and development in three primary areas: Science, Commerce, and Military. This also includes releasing other colonists on the Nexus from cryo-sleep, talking to Nexus leaders for quests and other missions or relaxing in the Vortex bar for random events or special moments with your crew.

Andromeda Points

The UK prices for Andromeda Points.

The Nexus is also the spot to go to participate in strike team missions, which ties into the game’s multiplayer. It has been reported by Playstation Lifestyle that multiplayer will follow suit with several games out there and have a microtransaction system implemented into its design. The website revealed digital codes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Points, an in-game currency found on the UK retailer ShopTo that are apparently used to purchase multiplayer packs that will contain items.

This does follow suit with previous games by BioWare and their use of online multiplayer, as both Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition had microtransactions attached to online play. If it is designed similarly to both games, it is likely to be easily avoided by most players if they choose to participate in the game’s multiplayer. Importantly, unlike Mass Effect 3Mass Effect Andromeda is not designed to push players to play multiplayer if they want the best endings.

Today IGN also released a video showing off a tour of the Tempest, your main ship in Mass Effect: Andromeda. You get to meet the key members of the Tempest’ crew, as well as see the locations of your weapon and squad loadouts, upgrade points, and other missions. We also hear a few snippets of dialogue with crew members and squad mates.

IGN does note in earlier videos that the footage shown is based on a previous build of the game, and not the build that has gone gold for Andromeda. It is possible some of the animations here has been altered before the retail release, in particular, facial animations which people have heavily criticized as being too stiff and lifeless.

Another bit of leaked info is the trophy list for Mass Effect: Andromeda by exophase. Please note that it provides the full list, and looking at it does contain a lot of spoilers, including in-game story and quest spoilers. We’ll leave it up to you to decide if you want to go over it or not.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in less than 2 weeks, on March 21st for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. EA and Origin Access players will be able to play it early on March 16, with a 10 hour trial that includes single player up to a certain point and all the multiplayer content. Others hoping to test the multiplayer out will have to wait until launch as the Multiplayer Tech Test was cancelled.

What are your thoughts on all of this information? Excited for more Mass Effect yet? Leave your comments below.

 

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  • Cytos Lpagtr

    micro-transactions, another reason to wait and see.

  • Robert Grosso

    Same as previous titles it seems, nothing intrusive based on all accounts. I’d be pissed it if was.

  • ParasiteX

    I keep wanting this game less and less for every new bit of news i hear..

  • Rurik

    I have not been following the game much but is something off about the characters? They look worst then the last mass effect game.

  • ParasiteX

    Yeah. The facial animations are completely off, especially the eyes.. They completely tripped over the uncanny valley. Not sure how they managed to screw it up that badly.. Plus, the general character designs are some of the ugliest i’ve seen. Blue Shrek for instance..

  • Dave

    The faces are beyond fucked. Everything below the nose is crazy over-animated, & everything above the nose is dead and lifeless. They look like fucking Gmod or SFM animations.

    The bodies aren’t any better, you can even see a character’s arm spaz out and twist around in the above launch trailer.

  • Rurik

    Was there some kind of problem in development and a budget lost for this area? They all look like some kind of cheap lifeless androids. The rest of the game looks okay

  • ParasiteX

    No idea.. Bioware is a shell of it’s former self. Most of the talent that made them great, are pretty much gone. Seems to only be the most toxic SJW type morons still working there.

    One of the devs is even a raging racist.. https://heatst.com/culture-wars/mass-effect-designer-manveer-heir-hates-white-people-and-wants-the-world-to-know/

  • FlamingoJet

    It’s still intrusive. IMO and cosmetic or otherwise still has an affect on the player. It breaks them down mentally by taunting them and gets them to spend. Such tactics should be outlawed.

    Frankly, this is a paid product, it has no right to ask for more money until 3 months after purchase, for DLC purposes.

  • Scionyde

    Well, the facial animations seem a bit better in the launch trailer, but that’s a carefully curated marketing tool. Apparently a lot of the final patches pre-release are attempting to fix them, so hopefully we’ll get something decent at launch. Personally, I’ll probably be okay… it might be a while until a game compares with Witcher 3’s faces/animations, but I recently played Mankind Divided and those body language spasms were enough to bring me and my expectations down to reality when it comes to other studios.

    Man, that butt shot at 0:56 is gonna trigger some SJWs. 😛

    I’m wary of how it’ll turn out considering ME3’s problems (not just the ending) but I’ll consider myself cautiously interested. (Probably gonna be in the minority around these parts, though)