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Mass Effect: Andromeda Release Date Set for Early Next Year

by William Schwartz

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will release in early 2017, according to a recent update from Bioware.  A new post on the Mass Effect website reveals a few new details about the game, the release date window, and a promise of more information to come at the EA Play Press Conference on June 12th.

The post reveals that Mass Effect: Andromeda will stay true to the Mass Effect series in delivering ‘fun third-person shooter combat and amazing stories and characters,’  but also reveals some new features for the game.

An unprecedented level of freedom is coming to this new Mass Effect game

One aspect of the game that Bioware says will be changing is in giving the player more freedom.  “One of our biggest ambitions is to give players an unprecedented level of freedom for a Mass Effect experience –where you’ll go, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll play.”   While the previous three Mass Effect games were hardly linear, this is sure to be exciting for Mass Effect fans.

Andromeda will leave the Milky Way galaxy behind.  In doing so, Bioware also reveals that players will encounter “new allies, new enemies, and new worlds to explore.”

Possibly the most exciting news, but news that we kind of already expected is in the new technology that will power this game.  The Frostbite Engine, which powers games like Need for Speed, Battlefield and other EA titles will be the one Bioware is using for Mass Effect: Andromeda.  Bioware explains that this allows them to push the game further than ever before in terms of visuals, story, and gameplay.

2017 can’t come fast enough for fans that have been waiting for another installment in the Mass Effect series.  Stay tuned, we’ll likely be hearing a lot about Mass Effect: Andromeda during E3 2016.

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