'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Release Date, News & Update: Bioware Will Run Minimum 30fps; HDTV a Possibility

By Regin Olimberio , Updated Nov 09, 2016 07:54 PM EST
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"Mass Effect: Andromeda" will run a minimum 30 fps on some platforms while powerful devices can opt for higher frame rate, creative director Mac Walters confirmed.

Walters talked during 101 fast questions challenge where several details about the upcoming title were tackled. Apart from the frame rate topic, there were surge of details about gameplay, plot, storyline and lore. Come to think of it, gamers are lucky that Game Informer devised the clever way of extracting "Mass Effect: Andromeda" details without bugging Walters.

Make no mistake about it, the nature of Walter's answers was sometimes too jokingly delivered to pass as serious "Mass Effect: Andromeda" gem. But GameNGuide has the patience to dissect the whole drama so that potential leaks and spillovers can be told. Higher frame rate on capable engines is one of them, a detail too delicate to be joked on.

There is a worthy thought about "Mass Effect: Andromeda" as well. Video Games 24/7 placed an analogy leading to question if description of "higher frame rate" means unclocked nature for some platforms. Unfortunately, Walters didn't discuss further details if it means 30 fps for consoles or better frame rate at PC. There is confusing that could arise from this issue because both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can do 1080p at 60 fps.

Another detail that Walters gave is about graphics quality of "Mass Effect: Andromeda." It is given that new release PlayStation 4 Pro can do upscaled 4K or HDTV and upcoming Project Scorpio has native 4K. If "Mass Effect: Andromeda" is going to capitalize on these capabilities, HDTV is a good candidate. Walters answered that HDTV is an option that they are currently exploring.

Now for the gamers, "Mass Effect: Andromeda" is not yet a candidate for another trilogy. At least Walters is kind enough not to hype expectations. This means that exporting saved files for sequels is still bleak. At any rate, everything will come into place come spring of 2017 when "Mass Effect: Andromeda" releases.

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