'Mass Effect: Andromeda' News & Updates: BioWare Confirms Game Not The Start Of A New Trilogy!

By Joe Marsalis , Updated Nov 09, 2016 05:50 PM EST

"Mass Effect: Andromeda," the latest game in the long-running series, is finally coming soon. Many gamers have been waiting quite a while ever since "Mass Effect 3" was first released, and the news that this game was finally coming was well-celebrated. More information also came out on November 7, also known as N7 Day.

Although many think that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" has a different story and setting place at the beginning of an entirely new chapter in the "Mass Effect" series, this is apparently not the case. GameSpot reports that BioWare did not intend for the new game to be the start of a new trilogy, even though it will play differently from the first three.

BioWare's creative director Mac Walters said to Game Informer that the plot of "Mass Effect: Andromeda" will be smaller and more self-contained. Writing a story that's narrower in scope and different in execution may allow them to make more games with varying plotlines within the Andromeda universe, said Walters. Among other things, he also confirms that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" single-player campaign is available as an offline experience, and party members also won't die.

Also included in the revealed features for "Mass Effect: Andromeda" are the return of loyalty missions, presumably for your party members. The developers have also confirmed an open beta phase next month.

"Mass Effect: Andromeda" is coming sometime in spring next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Although there hasn't been a confirmed release date, some retailers are listing its release on March 21. A deluxe version of the game will also be available, coming with extra armor and weapon sets, the digital version of the game's original soundtrack, and a multiplayer launch pack. For players preordering the game, another armor set and extra multiplayer perks are included.

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