Some new details have surfaced about Mass Effect: Andromeda. The latest information from Electronic Arts gives us some new information on the various side activities you will be able to accomplish in game.
It has been previously announced that Loyalty Missions will be making a return to the series. A highly praised aspect of Mass Effect 2, Loyalty Missions were so that the player could delve deeper into the backstories of their squad mates.
Mass Effect’s director Mac Walters has confirmed that these missions will be “much more optional” in Mass Effect: Andromeda. The game’s developer BioWare has also confirmed that the Loyalty Missions in Adromeda will do more to mix up the standard Mass Effect formula as they will hardly be the only side activity available to you.
One of the other side activities that has been confirmed is the option of exploring new worlds in the Andromeda galaxy using the games new Nomad vehicle. Be warned though as these type of side missions are no easy feat.
Mike Gamble, Producer of Mass Effect Andromeda stated that: “On most planets there is some level of hostile force, and usually that will be represented by enemy bases or hideouts or whatever you want to call them specific to that planet,”
Mac Walters Added: “These bases are pretty lengthy to take out, so if you approach one, you want to be prepared before you into it. It’s fun, because there’s a combination of systemic and scripted stuff in there. If you tip off too many enemies, the alarms start going off and you have to shut them off. And there’s usually narrative tied around it.”
Planets will not be a barren waste land, as there will be a few optional Giant Bosses for players to take on during their expeditions.
“You’ll find creatures and encounters that are so far over-leveled to where you’re at naturally on these areas and you can tell right away,” Gamble explained. “We have a lot of other things like that, where you’ll know that you’re not ready for this, but you’ll know you want to come back.”
Whilst setting foot on a planet there will be a variety of areas and objects for players to scan, which in turn sends information back to your ship to be analysed. This whole process can be a great way to help you craft weapons and armour.
Players will also come across drop zones on the planets the discover. These act as fast travel markers and are also handy pit stops for players to tweak their load outs.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is due for release spring 2017.