It's been more than two years since Mass Effect 3 so when is Mass Effect 4 coming out? Here we look at the Mass Effect Andromeda release date, price, platforms, official trailer and what the game will feature. See: The best ever first-person shooter games.
Latest update: A new video has profiled your new ship, the Tempest, and new vehicle, the Nomad, while a producer has promised the game's sexual encounters will be "pretty good" - Read more
Mass Effect: Andromeda US release date: 21 March 2017
Mass Effect: Andromeda UK release date: 23 March 2017
Developer BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming out on 23 March in the UK, and 21 March in the US, confirming longstanding rumours about the release plans.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be launched on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Mass Effect: Andromeda: Price and pre-order
With the release around the corner, you can pre-order the new Mass Effect game now. At Amazon you can pre-order Mass Effect Andromeda for £47.49 on PS4 and Xbox One while the PC version is just £39.99 – the usual pre-order price guarantee applies.
Meanwhile, GAME has the same price for PC gamers but PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will pay £49.99.
Players who pre-order will get some bonus content too, in the form of the Deep Space Explorer Armour, a Nomad skin, and Multiplayer Booster DLC packs.
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Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC and multiplayer
We know there will be DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda, but with few details available we cannot yet tell you what they will be. However, when asked whether a multiplayer component would form part of a DLC BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed that Andromeda does include a multiplayer component, but it has not been revealed yet. BioWare also confirmed via Twitter that there will not be a season pass to cover the add-ons, as has been the case with previous Mass Effect titles.
Mass Effect: Andromeda: Features, characters and vehicles
"When we wrapped up the original Mass Effect trilogy with Mass Effect 3: Citadel in early 2013, planning and design on Mass Effect: Andromeda was already well underway. We knew we wanted to start with a foundation composed of the best parts of any Mass Effect game: exciting new worlds to discover, great characters, and intense action. At the same time, we clearly wanted to expand the definition of what you should expect from a Mass Effect game," said BioWare.
"While we aren’t ready to go into too many details just yet, as you saw in the trailer and can tell by the name, this game is very much a new adventure, taking place far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy," explains the firm.
For starters, the new hero will be human, and will be a Pathfinder, tasked with leading the way in exploring the new Andromeda galaxy. The firm showed off two customisable armour outfits (above) for male and female players which includes a glass helmet. You will also have a new team of adventurers to 'work with, learn from, fight alongside of, and fall in love with'.
Andromeda is a new galaxy which you'll be able to explore while piloting the new and improved Mako (see below). It looks like you'll be able to jump between planets at the touch of a button. The game will take place in the Helius Cluster, a group of hundreds of star which is reportedly 4 times the size of Mass Effect 3's galaxy map.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will see the return of the Mako, a six-wheeled vehicle used in the first Mass Effect game, now called the Nomad. The good news is that it's being tuned to be speedier. "It's a really agile Mako, it's much different to the one you've seen before. There's no cannon on it, maybe it can hover maybe it can jump - I don't know," said producer Mike Gamble.
They've shown it off in more detail, along with your new ship the Tempest, in an Andromeda Initiative video. Along with showing off the Nomad's boost, jumps, and customization, it explores the various rooms of the Tempest, including the new bridge and the player character's private quarters.
Speaking of the private quarters, the video makes a point that they're off limits to the general crew "unless invited," a knowing nod to the game's planned romantic relationships. That's a feature highlighted on Twitter by producer Michael Gamble, when asked by a fan about what to expect from the game's more... risqué elements:
Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers
Although no more details were announced regarding the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda, we were treated to a brand new trailer during the EA Play press conference on 12 June 2016. The trailer can be found below, and showcases the setting for the upcoming game - the Andromeda galaxy. It looks gorgeous, but doesn't give away too much in terms of actual gameplay.
Then, in November 2016, BioWare finally unveiled the official Mass Effect: Andromeda cinematic reveal and *spoiler alert* there are some pretty big aliens involved. There's no gameplay in the clip but it looks phenomenal, and gives us a little something to look forward to. You can see the cinematic trailer below:
In December we were treated to new gameplay footage at The Game Awards, shown below.
CES 2017 brought with it yet more footage, in the form of a two-minute video highlighting the game's combat customisation options and showing off the Tempest, Andromeda's equivalent to the Normandy, your ship in the original trilogy.
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