'Mass Effect 3' News & Update: Andromeda; New Characters, Plot, Mutiplayer ‘Prestige XP’

By Ralphy Bonn Sim , Updated Nov 26, 2016 05:44 AM EST

It's hard to deny that most people are looking forward to "Mass Effect Andromeda's" single-player campaign, those who played Mass Effect 3's multiplayer might be equally excited to see what changes BioWare brings to Mass Effect Andromeda's multiplayer.

As part of Game Informer's cover feature on the RPG, a ton of "Mass Effect Andromeda" multiplayer details have been revealed. One of the big changes is how powers and abilities are used in the game. Instead of a global cool down meter in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer, character powers has still their own individual cool down timers. Another new addition to multiplayer is the jetpack, which lets players traverse the levels much faster compared to "Mass Effect 3."

Two new characters will be introduced: Scott and Sarah Ryder. Just like the first "Mass Effect" trilogy, "Mass Effect: Andromeda" will have players create a male or female character and customize their name, appearance and attributes.

Similar to its previous games, "Mass Effect: Andromeda" offers players to romance with other characters. "Same sex romance will also be available, and relationships with alien species are possible, as noted in some reports.

Another new addition is what BioWare calls "Prestige XP" which the studio hopes a multiplayer component to retain its player base. It's not like Call of Duty's Prestige system. As you play multiplayer, the player earns standard XP and prestige XP. Prestige XP accumulates each specific character type. One example give was how a "tank" class share prestige XP and hitting tiers will net you bonus abilities that can be used by different character classes.

"The gameplay has better balance between RPG and third-person shooter than the first three Mass Effect titles, and these are seen as an upgrade to its previous games, as Gamespot stated.

There a few improvements in the next "Mass Effect" franchise.According to gamesinformer.com, there is an in-game scanner, which enables players to assess the habitability of a planet.

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