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Mass Effect : Andromeda
Mass Effect: Andromeda takes players to the Andromeda galaxy, far beyond the Milky Way. There, players will lead our fight for a new home in hostile territory as the Pathfinder - a leader of military-trained explorers. This is the story of humanity’s next chapter, and player choices throughout the game will ultimately determine our survival.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF MASS EFFECT-POWERED BY FROSTBITE
Enter a new era of storytelling as the power of the critically-acclaimed Frostbite engine brings the visuals, action, emotion, and worlds of Mass Effect Andromeda to life like never before.
A NEW GALAXY AWAITS
Embark on a mission beyond the borders of our known universe. Navigate the uncharted reaches of the Andromeda Galaxy to unravel its mysteries, discover vivid alien worlds, and lead the charge to find humanity a new home among the stars
BECOME THE PATHFINDER
The future of our species rests on your shoulders. Customize yourself and your squad with a deep and flexible progression system. Master third-person shooter combat that combines advanced weaponry and special abilities. How far will you go to become humanity’s hero?
JOIN THE ANDROMEDA INITIATIVE
Begin your journey today. The Andromeda Initiative is currently seeking recruits. Explore the Initiative's resource center now to receive vital pre-departure information and training. Registered recruits will be among the first contacted for future briefings and are eligible for reward upon program completion.
Welcome back to the Mass Effect™: Andromeda gameplay series. In our first two videos, we took a closer look at weapons & skills and then profiles and squads. In this installment, we’re diving straight into the heart of Mass Effect: Andromeda – exploration. The Andromeda Galaxy is filled with worlds to discover and diverse locations to explore.
The Galaxy Map
The story in Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place in the Heleus Cluster, a portion of space populated with dozens of star systems. You can navigate these systems using the Tempest’s onboard Galaxy Map and see everything that exists outside your ship’s many windows in real-time. Planets, moons, space anomalies, and starships will all be visible from the Tempest.
As you look over the map, you’ll see dozens of systems and over a hundred planets in the Andromeda Galaxy, including several that you can explore on foot. That’s where your adventure will begin in earnest.
Each world visited will have its own story, characters, and—of course—challenges.
In our gameplay video above, the world we’re visiting is Elaaden. When you explore the opening landing area, called Paradise, you’ll quickly discover that the heat on Elaaden can be deadly, that water is scarce, and that mysterious ancient artifacts are scattered across the landscape, guarded by dangerous remnant creatures. To make a life on Elaaden, you have to be desperate – or krogan.
Yet even the krogan aren’t happy, and they don’t trust anyone from the Andromeda Initiative – least of all a Pathfinder. How you deal with the krogan and the challenges that go along with them will ultimately determine success on Elaaden.
The Nomad, your all-terrain rover, is key for quickly covering the expansive landscapes throughout the Andromeda Galaxy. You’ll be able to enhance the Nomad with a series of functional upgrades designed to give you better Turbo Boost, higher jumps, better handling, and more.
While exploring, one of your objectives will be to discover locations where you can call down Forward Stations. Once found, each of these Forward Stations acts as a fast travel point, allowing you to change your loadout or call the Nomad if it gets lost or destroyed. It also allows you to resupply, while protecting your team from any environmental hazards.
In some locations, like the dunes on Elaaden, you’ll be exposed to localized and/or global hazards, such as extreme temperatures. The Pathfinder and the Nomad are both separately outfitted with Life Support systems that help protect against these hazards, but once these systems run out of energy, you’ll need to find a safe location or a Forward Station to recharge them.
When traveling throughout a planet, you’ll discover new areas to explore, characters, and storylines. Ultimately, all your discoveries will help raise the Viability of the planet, which in turn lets you to create an outpost and upgrade the Nexus – the Andromeda Initiative’s space station.
Before a planet can support an outpost, you’ll need to raise its Viability to at least 40% by countering threats, allying yourself with the locals, solving environmental problems, and accomplishing specific tasks related to that planet’s story. In the case of Elaaden, for example, your relationship with the krogan ultimately determines whether the viability of an outpost.
Additionally, your exploration and discoveries nets you Andromeda Viability Points (AVP). Attaining certain AVP thresholds makes upgrading the Nexus possible and wakes up more colonists from cryo-sleep. Which colonists you decide to wake up determines what perks and advantages you’ll be able to utilize. Want to get an edge in research and development? Wake up scientists. Need more combat prowess? Rouse the military personnel. Want some help with trading? Call in the merchants. The choice is yours!
No one said finding a new home for humanity would be easy. The Andromeda Galaxy holds many mysteries, not the least of which is a vast network of ancient Vaults.
Simply figuring out how to access one of these Vaults is a challenge, taking you across an entire world to complete. Once inside a Vault, you’ll need to rely on every element of Mass Effect: Andromeda gameplay – including exploration, environmental navigation, puzzle-solving, and combat – to bring them online and make it out alive. Resolving the mystery of these Vaults may hold the key to survival in the Andromeda Galaxy.
If you like building and modifying weapons and gear to match your unique play style, you’ll love our deep crafting system. In Mass Effect: Andromeda, assembling your ideal equipment relies on two key components: Research and Development.
Research: When exploring, you’ll want to scan all the unique wildlife and tech you discover to earn Research Data related to your subject. The more you learn, the more unique and rare blueprints and augmentations you’ll be able to unlock.
Development: Once research is done, it’s time to craft. Look at the blueprints to see what materials are needed and where they can be found. Get materials from merchants, find them while exploring on foot, mine them with the Nomad’s drone, or discover them while exploring space in the Tempest. Depending on the materials used and the research you’ve done, you can apply augmentations while building gear.
Augmentations : These are special devices which can be incorporated into a weapon or armor piece during crafting to give it unique properties. Below are just a few of the Augmentations available, to provide a sense of what’s possible when you use them while crafting a weapon or piece of armor:
- Aerial Stabilizer: If used while crafting a weapon, grants accuracy to weapon damage whenever you’re hovering. If used while crafting armor, improves your biotic powers while hovering.
- Beam Emitter: Replaces the firing mechanism of a gun with an energy beam. Turn your Avenger into a laser rifle!
- Coolant Unit: Increases clip size whenever special ammo is in use, allowing you to get the most out of your cryo, incendiary, or disruptor rounds.
- Shield Disruptor: If used while crafting a weapon, increases the power of your disruptor ammo. If used while crafting leg armor, adds an electrical discharge to your air melee attacks.
- Vintage Heat Sink: Converts any gun to an overheat system (like in the original Mass Effect™), where you’ll never run out of ammo.
Additionally, a huge variety of mods can further enhance your weapons abilities, as well as Remnant “fusion mods” that can upgrade your armor. And the more you explore, the more materials you’ll find, the more amazing things you’ll build, and the more devastating you’ll be on the battlefield.
At its heart, Mass Effect: Andromeda is a game of discovery and exploration. The choices made and the places visited let you blaze a unique trail through the Andromeda Galaxy. Whether exploring the depths of a crashed starship, or delving into the core of an active volcano – the more you engage with the world around you and the characters in it, the more that world will surprise with what’s waiting just around the corner.
In our first deep-dive gameplay video, we took you through the weapons and skills that you’ll become familiar with when Mass EffectTM: Andromeda launches on March 21. In the second video, we’ll take a look at how you can customize Profiles and Squads to tailor your gameplay experience.
As you unlock skills over the course of the game, you’ll also start gaining access to our new Profiles system, choosing from up to seven unique types of profiles that add bonuses to suit your play style.
For instance, as you gain more biotic skills, you’ll unlock the Adept profile that adds bonuses to the duration and damage of your biotics. The more you invest in these skills, the higher the level of profiles you’ll be able to unlock.
If you want to dabble in lots of different skills, try the Explorer profile. With this profile, you’ll be able to specialize in combat mixed with biotic and tech skills, while still getting access to perks and buffs that enhance your abilities. Furthermore, you can swap these profiles at any time, allowing you to keep the action fresh, giving you numerous ways to approach every battle, and ensuring you never feel locked into a particular style of play.
Even better, you can create favorites, which represent a quick way to map three powers and a single profile to one slot. At any time during combat, you can switch between four favorite slots, giving you access to up to 12 powers during the course of a single fight.
As an example of how you could use these favorites, let’s say that over the course of several levels you’ve built up your character with two very different sets of skills: one suited to long range combat and one suited to close range.
You find yourself exploring an uncharted world while using your Infiltrator profile, and when you encounter a group of enemies, you initiate combat with Cloak, Barricade, and Trip Mine, while picking off foes from afar with your sniper rifle. Once the enemies hunker down and you start having trouble getting at them, you open the weapon wheel and switch to a Favorite where you’ve saved a Vanguard Profile with Charge, Annihilation, and Nova. You pull out your shotgun, biotic-charge a distant target, and bam, you’re ready to get up close and personal!
When it comes to combat, don’t forget your squad.
Each of your six available squadmates has three active and two passive skills. For example, Cora can use her powerful biotics as a support character, while Drack can soak up lots of damage as a bruiser. As the Pathfinder, you can choose the course of your squadmates’ skill evolutions, improving Drack as either a tank or a damage-dealer, depending on what your party needs.
Not only can you set your squad up around the battlefield, ordering them to defend locations, attack targets, or rally to your side, but you can also team up with them for devastating Power Combos.
Power Combos activate when you or a squadmate primes an enemy or group of enemies, setting them up for the kill, and then another squadmate jumps in to finish the job. You can also upgrade your squadmates specifically toward making them good at priming or detonating Power Combos.
In Mass Effect: Andromeda, you are the Pathfinder – the ultimate adventurer in a vast, unexplored galaxy on a mission to find a new home for humanity. You’ll visit untamed worlds, make lasting relationships with new companions, and face some of the most dangerous challenges the Andromeda galaxy has to offer.
In our first deep-dive gameplay video, we’re going to take you through the weapons and skills that you’ll become familiar with when the game launches on March 21.
The action in Mass Effect: Andromeda is built around fluid, fast-paced, third-person combat. You’ll experience freedom of movement with the use of a jump-jet that allows you to jump, evade, and hover in the midst of battle. You’ll also discover a dynamic new cover system that enables you to seamlessly use almost anything, including your own vehicle, for cover. Using your jump-jet and the cover system, you’ll be able to approach each battle in a way that suits your gameplay style.
In Mass Effect: Andromeda, there are four categories of firearms: pistols, shotguns, and sniper and assault rifles—plus a range of melee weapons for up-close combat. These categories accommodate a variety of specialized play styles. If you want to get in close, you can focus on melee, shotguns, and pistols. If you prefer to shoot while on the move while maintaining your distance, assault rifles will be your weapons of choice. Or, if you like to hang back and pick off enemies one-by-one, sniper rifles will be the way to go.
There are no class restrictions on weapons, so trying something new is as easy as switching your loadout.
Weapons and gear in Mass Effect: Andromeda fall into three technology types based on where their supporting tech comes from. Milky Way weapons typically use physical ammunition that’s similar to the types of weapons you might be familiar with from the previous three games – with some advancements, of course. These are high-impact, projectile-based guns; they’re great against most non-shielded targets, but require you to keep an eye on your ammo.
Remnant weapons typically use beams, have a high rate of fire, and are extremely accurate. They use an overheat system that doesn’t require a reliance on ammunition. You’ll never run out of ammo, but you’ll have to wait for your gun to cool down from time to time.
You’ll also encounter weapons incorporating technology from civilizations in the Heleus Cluster of the Andromeda galaxy. Heleus weapons are generally plasma-based, which means they benefit from heat-seeking technology. Some other Heleus weapons are charge-based: the longer you charge them before releasing, the harder they hit.
Melee weapons vary in both damage and speed. Hard-hitting hammers do maximum damage, while lightning-fast shivs or swords allow you to get in and out of harm’s way with speed and precision.
In addition to weapons, you can also develop skills and abilities. Like the weapons, there are no restrictions on what skills you can choose, and each of the three main categories – Combat, Tech, and Biotics – is designed to facilitate a certain style of play.
Combat skills are great if you want to focus on weapons, gear, and efficiency in battle. These skills focus on improving weapon damage and accuracy, as well as enabling the use of flak cannons, grenades, trip mines, and more.
Tech skills allow you to equip your Pathfinder with more experimental weaponry, or focus on strategic improvements for yourself and your squad. The Cryo Beam and Flamethrower offer more offensive punch, while skills like Invasion and Energy Drain weaken your opponents and soften them up for easier take-downs. And, if you need some additional firepower, you can deploy your very own assault turret.
Last, but not least, your Pathfinder can control dark energy to manipulate the power of mass and gravity. Biotic skills like Pull and Throw allow you to literally control the battlefield, using your enemies as shields or even weapons. Abilities like Annihilation and Singularity, for example, will damage anything or anyone caught up in their powerful grip.
Each skill can be upgraded to become increasingly more devastating and effective, with different upgrade paths for even more ways to customize your play style. Enemies in Mass Effect: Andromeda have specific strengths and weaknesses, and your strategic use of different skills and abilities will determine your tactical advantage against your opponents.
In this new chapter of Mass Effect, meet and recruit all-new, interesting characters caught up in an epic space saga filled with mystery and galactic conflict.
Fight with your Pathfinder team in battle against terrifying enemies and creatures. New additions like destructible environments, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all-new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than ever.