While it is not earth-shaking news, some minor details regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda have again leaked.
The leak once again stems from NeoGaf, and comes from an industry insider who goes by the name of Shinobi602. Shinobi602 was one of the names who confirmed the leaked alpha test footage that surfaced over a month ago on the internet was legitimate and has been a trusted source of minor information regarding BioWare and other EA products for the past year.
Shinobi602, however, doesn't reveal any gory details regarding Andromeda; in fact all of his points are very vague, which is likely on purpose to protect his identity. What he does reveal are his first impressions with what he claims is a more or less completed product, saying that the game is playable from beginning to end, with the recent delay to 2017 to add more polish to the final product. He also reassures folks concerned over the recent departures of several members working on the game; noting that the likes of Chris Wynn and Chris Schlerf have not affected the game at all and that BioWare brought in some developers from Naughty Dog since the game has been in production.
He also notes that BioWares use of the Frostbite engine has yielded some good results, with the game being "a huge step up from DAI" in terms of looks and presentation, and that the explorable spaces in Andromeda are massive", making it hard to compare to DICE or games such as Battlefield 1 and Star Wars: Battlefront. Of particular note is facial animations, which BioWare is apparently trying to address by creating new techniques for facial movement to help with issues such as lip syncing.
Lastly, Shinobi602 gives the game high praise by stating "This is the spiritual successor to Mass Effect 1. This is what ME1 was envisioned to be." He talks about how one planet in Andromeda has more quests and interactivity than all of the side planets combined in the first Mass Effect, although he doesn't go into specific details on what type of quests or activities each planet has.
Apparently BioWare has also been purposely holding back on sharing information, emulating what Bethesda did with Fallout 4 at last year's E3, and tells people to expect a media blowout for the game at this year's E3, including gameplay footage.
While much of the information here is more or less confirming what fans already knew, the real takeaway from these tidbits is how far along Mass Effect: Andromeda is, and what to expect at E3 next month. If what Shinobi602 is hinting at is true, Mass Effect: Andromeda is gearing up to be not only a technical marvel in terms of visuals, but a fantastic experience to play. It's basically reassurance that the game is on track since it has been under wraps for almost three years now and for fans of Mass Effect, that is a good feeling at least.
We shall see what E3 shares with us regarding the game, but what do you think about all of this? Leave your comments below.