Mass Effect Andromeda will have its own multiplayer mode, just like Mass Effect 3 did. However, the new game’s multiplayer mode won’t be recycling the same mechanics, and aim to offer a more dynamic and deeper experience that goes hand-in-hand with the single-player campaign.

Speaking with Game Informer, producer Fabrice Condominas emphasizes that Andromeda’s multiplayer mode will keep player constantly moving, unlike that of ME3 where you could just hunker down in an easily defensible spot and take on wave after wave of enemies. some enemies will flush you out of cover, with others are intended to suppress you and keep you stationary.

“The first thing everyone will notice is how dynamic it is,” said Condominas. “Everything is more fluid, fast-paced, there’s a lot of action going on. The controls are also more responsive. All of that is on purpose; we really wanted to increase the dynamism and how accessible it is while retaining the depth and going more into layers.”

But what exactly the multiplayer mode will include? That we don’t really know yet, but we do know it will have jetpacks in it and more open, vertical maps as a result. We also know that during the campaign, Ryder (the protagonist) will be able to small teams to complete “kind of side missions”, or, if players choose, they can go do these themselves in cooperative multiplayer.

Even though the multiplayer portion will indeed have some sort of effect on the single-player campaign, it isn’t mandatory at all. The mission funds you obtain in multiplayer have “tendrils going out into the rest of the game,” according to lead designer Ian Frazier. BioWare are being extra careful not to make players feel they have to do something they do want to.  “If you feel cheated, we’ve done something wrong,” Frazier explains.

The blind card packs also return from Mass Effect 3, meaning new weapons, character kits, and items are obtained by sheer luck. These randomized packs are bought with in-game money, which you can get by playing the game or paying actual money for. If there’s a specific item you really, really want, and are sick of grinding for in-game cash, you can purchase the item directly with real life money.

“If you don’t want to be at the mercy of the random number generator for the cards, you’re still at the mercy of what’s in the store right now, but it’s like, ‘Oh, that’s the Black Widow and I really want it!'” Frazier said. “You can buy them with real-world money if you want to, but again, nothing requires that.”

Mass Effect Andromeda will be released on March 2017, and we might be getting some new footage during The Game Awards on Thursday, December 1.


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