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Mass Effect: Andromeda will be upon us in just a few days, and if you’re like most of us, you’re probably wondering just what to expect. You may have seen a trailer, or read a preview, but you’re still trying to decide to plop down your money for the latest Bioware RPG. To help you along, here’s everything we know about Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
Platforms: PC, PS4, and Xbox One
Release Date: March 21, 2017
What is Mass Effect: Andromeda?
If you haven’t heard of the Mass Effect series, you have been under a rock for the least decade or so. The trilogy launched in 2007, and has encompassed three games thus far. After the turbulent reception received by Mass Effect 3, Bioware made the decision to take the franchise in a new direction with Andromeda.
The game tells the story of the Andromeda Initiative. Founded in 2176 (seven years before the events of the first Mass Effect), the Initiative is a privately-funded, multi-species organization that wants to explore and colonize the Andromeda Galaxy. In 2185, the Initiative launched its Nexus station and colony Arks (alongside the events of Mass Effect 2), bound for the Andromeda Galaxy. After traveling for 634 years, the Initiative ships arrive in Andromeda, and the events of the game begin. This shifting of the time line means that the events of Mass Effect 3 don’t figure into the story of Andromeda.
Bioware began hinting at Andromeda around the launch of Mass Effect 3, but of course then everyone was referring to it as Mass Effect 4. In July of 2014, Bioware launched a survey about the new game, and Andromeda was revealed at E3 2015.
What to Expect
For some time after we knew that the game was titled Mass Effect: Andromeda there was little information available, but that started to change late last year. We learned that the main characters were brother and sister, and then Bioware showed off a new cinematic trailer for N7 Day. It was followed shortly thereafter by a gameplay trailer in December.
Surprisingly, EA said that Andromeda won’t have a season pass, and all the multiplayer DLC will be free. Bioware GM Aaryn Flynn said that the game was “Totally Softcore Space Porn,” a statement he later walked back. The game is said to have meaningful, Witcher 3-like side quests, and its multiplayer will be entirely optional, and will not affect the singleplayer.
If you’re planning to play on PC, make sure your rig meets the system requirements, and get a look at all the PC-exclusive graphics options. If you’re playing on console, you should note that the PS4 version is running at 1080p / 30 fps, and the Xbox One version is 900p / 30 fps.
If you’re playing on PS4 and you don’t mind spoilers, you can check out the entire list of trophies right here
E3 2015 Announcement Trailer
N7 Day 2015 Cinematic Trailer
EA Play 2016 Trailer
4K Tech Video
Andromeda Initiative Trailer
Cinematic Reveal Trailer
4K Gameplay Trailer
Cinematic Trailer #2
Gameplay Series Part 1: Combat Weapons & Skills
Gameplay Series Part 2: Combat Profiles & Squads
Gameplay Series Part 3: Exploration & Discovery
Gameplay Series Part 4: Multiplayer