Years of waiting have finally come to this, Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold ahead of its March 21st release date on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Going gold is a massive step toward final release, with it signifying that development on the finished game has completed. Of course, with modern games, nothing is ever done, but discs can start being produced as the final release is ready to go. The news was shared by the official Bioware account on Twitter.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is the first new game in the series since Mass Effect 3 finished off the Commander Shepard trilogy back in 2012. That game was highly praised for its story and action, though there was a very big controversy about how it concluded the whole saga. Some additional DLC helped assuage those complaints, and now fans are waiting to see where the franchise goes from here.
Andromeda features totally new characters in a brand new location, the Andromeda galaxy. Players can expect massive changes from what they’ve seen before. This includes story and setting differences, such as new alien races and a brand new threat to take care of. It also means there will be changes to the gameplay. Though the series seems to still be sticking with the action-RPG setup that has worked so well, it does look more streamlined and focused on delivering fun gameplay.
Despite the game being under a month from its release date, there has actually been very little information shared about it. Some media have had early access, and a few videos have been put out over the last few weeks, but they’re all fairly well tailored to avoid spoilers. If you’re wanting to go in fresh, now is the time to go dark, avoiding any other news about Mass Effect: Andromeda.