Mass Effect: Andromeda Updates and Rumors: Game Will Be Biggest Yet

By zekiah , Updated Nov 25, 2016 10:59 AM EST
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Boiware, known for its sprawling RPG's ranging from the medieval fantasy world of Dragon Age to the space exploring Mass Effect series, is busy at work with its latest game, Mass Effect: Andromeda. And with Bioware's way of developing games bigger than the last one, Mass Effect: Andromeda will certainly be their biggest game yet.

In an interview with Game Informer, Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Mike Gamble said "This is the biggest we've ever gone, in terms of the number of pieces of content. There are combat-related encounters, puzzle-related encounters, narrative-related encounters, and a lot of things will happen that add more depth to the critical path." This is a bold stated knowing that its latest game Dragon Age: Inquistion hovers around 50-70 hours of gameplay. Could this mean that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be longer than that?

In comparison to previous Mass Effect games, the series averages about 30-40 hours of gameplay depending on the pace of the player. But for Mass Effect: Andromeda to be longer than previous entries and Dragon Age: Inquisition, a lot more content has to be added to Mass Effect: Andromeda.

One of these new content is scanning which will be vital for exploring the galaxy of Mass Effect: Andromeda. Producer Fabrice Condominas  commented about how scanning expands the world of Mass Effect: Andromeda. According to him, scanning is way of getting clues on an unexplored world the player encounters in the game. By scanning, the player will get more information about that world by sending information back to the Tempest to analyze it. Once analyzed, players can use them chart their own course for the planet.

Mass Effect: Andromeda is the follow up to the popular Mass Effect series. It's last game, Mass Effect 3 was released 4 years ago in 2012. It was the end of the original Mass Effect trilogy, culminating in an ending that was promised to be unique to every player based on their decisions in the trilogy.

However, a majority of the fans were angered when the endings for Mass Effect 3 basically showed the same conclusion. It was differentiated only by the color of the lighting effects. Players felt they were cheated since Bioware didn't fulfill their promises of  providing endings that took account every decision made by the player throughout the series. It left a sour taste for fans in an otherwise excellent trilogy.

Hopefully Mass Effect: Andromeda makes up for Mass Effect's shortcomings and make the fans happy again. The game being bigger could be a sign of good things to com. But bigger doesn't always mean better. 

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