Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch 1.09 Adds Platinum Difficulty, Improves Facial Animations, and More

PS4, Xbox One, and PC game Mass Effect: Andromeda improved by BioWare in newest patch.

Today, developer BioWare and publisher EA released a new patch — specifically patch 1.09 — for PS4, Xbox One, and PC game: Mass Effect: Andromeda.

The new update perhaps most notably adds the Platinum Difficulty level to the game’s multiplayer, as well as continues to improve the game’s facial animations and cinematic scenes, the two points of perhaps the largest criticism launched towards the game at launch. I personally booted up the single-player yesterday, and while it looks a mile better than it did at launch, it could still use some tweaking and improvement here and there. Especially the humans.

The update also fixes the issue where players could commit to relationships with both Jaal and Cora concurrently, which will make it more difficult to get the romantic achievement/trophy in the game.

Below, you can view the full patch notes:

  • Various improvements to facial animations and cinematic scenes

  • Improved stability

  • [MP] Platinum difficulty added

  • Fixed issue where certain hair textures could disappear from female custom heads when using Facial Reconstruction Suite

  • Fixed issue where negative AVP could be displayed after reaching Nexus level 20

  • Fixed various quest progression blockers

  • Fixed issue where Ryder could be killed even when following directions during the guarded walk through Aya

  • Fixed issue where player could commit to relationships with both Jaal and Cora concurrently

  • Fixed issue where the “Reach the Signal Source” objective in Peebee’s quest line could fail to trigger

  • Fixed issue where player could get trapped on a ledge in the Elaaden Vault, causing an infinite load screen

  • Fixed save/load issues with the final battle area in Peebee’s Loyalty mission

  • Fixed issue where the “Speak to Sid” objective on the Nexus could persist indefinitely

  • Fixed issue where quest marker could disappear during the final step of the “Reformation” quest on Voeld

  • Addressed issue where it was possible for the player to be attacked during initial conversation with Bain Massani on Eos

  • Fixed issue where save/load could cause final platform to disappear in Drack’s Loyalty Mission

  • Fixed issue where the player can’t progress through the final story mission if the Nomad is broken from the “Out of Gas” quest

  • Added a confirmation prompt before changing Ryder’s appearance on the Tempest

  • Fixed issue where player could become trapped by NPCs in the APEX HQ on the Nexus

  • X5 Ghost can now be dismantled.

  • Fixed issue where TAB (keyboard) and Start/Options (Controller) no longer served as shortcuts to close the pause menu

  • Fixed issue where auto-level could assign skill points into loyalty-locked squadmate skills

  • Tactical Cloak melee damage bonus now applies to jump-melee as well.

  • Fixed issue with Fusion Mods displaying incorrect stats

  • [PC] Improved HDR functionality on Windows 10 Creators Update

  • [PC] Photo mode now supports Ansel’s depth-of-field controls.

  • [PC] Fixed issue where Logitech keyboard rebinding would cause key lighting to work improperly

Mass Effect: Andromeda is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC where it launched back in March to a rather lukewarm reception and riddled with bugs. DLC for the game is still a question mark, with multiple reports saying none is coming, while BioWare suggests (potentially) otherwise.

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Tyler Fischer

Tyler Fischer is the Assignments Editor and News Editor at DualShockers. He specializes in writing breaking news, managing assignments, and organization. Born and raised in New York, Tyler studies journalism and public relations at SUNY New Paltz. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching soccer, getting lost in game lore, and writing comedy scripts.

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