With the game’s fourth gameplay video, we finally get an extended look at the Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer mode.
There’s only mode multiplayer mode in Andromeda, and it’s fairly similar to the one we had in Mass Effect 3. A team of four players band together to fight wave after wave of enemies, complete objectives and extract from the battlefield in one piece.
Most of the video is gameplay footage of one such waves. We see a Turian Havoc Trooper, a Salarian Operative, a Human Adapt and a Krogan Engineer taking on the Remnant in the Firebase Sandstorm map. There will be a total of 25 different character kits available at launch, including species from both the Milky Way and Andromeda. Each character kit has different skills and abilities, but all can use any type of weapon they want.
In addition to the Firebase Sandstorm map, which is an outpost set in a sprawling desert, there will be four more maps. These are Firebase Zero, an outpost built into an asteroid; Firebase Icebreaker, a fueling station on a frozen planet; Firebase Magma, a foundry on a cooling river of lava; and Firebase Derelict, a abandoned Kett ship.
Once the match is finished, and our four heroes survive, XP and credits are shared equally between all of them, so there’s never a need to fight or try to outdo your teammates. XP is used to unlock or upgrade skills, while credits are used to purchase new weapons, characters and mod. If you want, it’s also possible to buy these using Andromeda Points – the game’s hard currency for microtranscations.
If you don’t want to participate in the multiplayer, but still want to reap its rewards, you can take advantage of Strike Team missions. You can access those missions through the single-player campaign aboard the Tempest, and send your Apex strike team to complete them. The rewards you earn from these strike team missions can be used in single-player. However, you always have the options to complete the missions yourself as multiplayer battles.
Mass Effect Andromeda will launch on March 21, which is exactly a week from today. I’ll say it again – we’ll all be able to play Mass Effect Andromeda in a week. Holy shit.