Over the past couple of days, Mass Effect Andromeda developers have been drip feeding the fans with a lot of information over social media channels. In particular, we hear from BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn, Lead Designer Ian Frazier, and Producers Fernando Melo and Michael Gamble.
On the hardware side, those who love to play on PC with unlocked frame rate, have a reason to celebrate, because the option will be supported by the game. Unfortunately we won’t be able to play with our friends on consoles, because cross-platform multiplayer won’t be included either with PS4 or Xbox One. We also learn that multiplayer will be peer-to-peer, like in Mass Effect 3.
If you’re wondering what kind of romance options will be included for each gender within the game, you’ll have to wonder for a while longer. Developers have decided not to disclose the full matrix until launch. That said, Gamble appeared to tease that we’ll be able to kiss members of the new alien race presented with the latest cinematic trailer (the name of which has been confirmed to be Angara), so there should be at least one romance option between them.
We also hear that female protagonist Sara Ryder will have more male romance options than Liam which aren’t Krogan, and that includes “a few” characters that haven’t been revealed yet.
Moving on to character creation, players will be able to select the kind of training their chosen Ryden sibling had in the Milky Way, while their backstory depends on which one they select.
You will also be able to select your character’s name freely, but other characters will call them Scott or Sara only if you keep the default names, otherwise they’ll just be named “Ryder.” There won’t be a range of pre-recorded names outside of the defaults like in Fallout 4. Incidentally, swapping the names (IE: calling the make Ryder Sara or the female Scott) won’t work.
Incidentally, you won’t be able to rename the Ryder you don’t select, so that his or her first name will be used in dialogue. This was done to avoid having two characters calling each other “Ryder.”
Speaking of characters, Flynn promised to reveal the number of available squad mates “soon.” You’ll also be able to change your character’s casual outfit.
The game will also explain why it’s possible to communicate with native races from the Andromeda galaxy, and minigames like the old hacking ones will make a come back, with more info promised “soon.”
Mass Effect Andromeda releases on PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 21st in North America and on March 23rd in Europe.