BioWare confirms the Mass Effect: Andromeda release date, saying that it appreciates fans’ “patience.” The developer also reveals a brand new gameplay trailer for the game, released as part of the NVIDIA CES 2017 keynote.
The footage offers fans their second look at the game in as many months as a Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer was also shown at The Game Awards 2016 last month.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Release Date + New Gameplay
In a post on the game’s official website, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn, confirms that the Mass Effect: Andromeda release date is March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe. The game will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Flynn explains that Andromeda is BioWare’s “most ambitious Mass Effect game to date” as it features a brand new story, planets, species, gameplay systems and it’s also the first game in the series to be made with the Frostbite game engine.
The general manager also notes that many BioWare employees recently got to take a “holiday build” of the game home with them, coming back to the studio after the holidays and providing feedback on the PC and console versions.
It’s unclear what – or if any – changes were made as a result of that feedback but as Flynn says that the endorsement from the studio members was a “key factor” in helping the company “lock in” the release date, this is surely a sign that the game is almost ready to go.
During the NVIDIA keynote at annual technology industry event, CES 2017, BioWare showed off a bit of the game in action. The new Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay trailer features a small section of the loyalty mission for Peebee, a new Asari character who can become part of the player character’s squad.
Although most of the trailer focuses on combat – including the use of powers (such as the ‘Flamethrower’ ability which shoots flames from the player character’s hand) – some of the game’s RPG systems are briefly shown off too. In a few menus, the trailer shows how Mass Effect: Andromeda players can customise their character’s playstyle, by choosing different ‘profiles’ and upgrading different skills.
Unfortunately, BioWare has yet to showcase features such as the game’s romance gameplay (Mass Effect: Andromeda features same-sex romances) or the character customisation which will allow players to go through the game as female protagonist Sara Ryder and change their character’s ethnicity too. Though, the developer has some time before the March release date so perhaps the next gameplay video will shed more light on these aspects of the game.