You know what Mass Effect: Andromeda is missing? Batarians. Luckily, BioWare knows this, and is fixing it in a pending update — adding the four-eyed bipeds to the game’s multiplayer alongside a new “Platinum” difficulty level.
Batarains notably don’t appear in the game’s single-player campaign what-so-ever, as this is even the first suggestion that the species made the trek from the Milky Way to the inferior Andromeda galaxy.
As you may know, Mass Effect’s multiplayer mode is closely linked to the universe’s general canon, and thus the only races in the game’s mutliplayer mode from the Milky Way so far have been the ones that pop up in the single player: salarian, krogan, turian, asari, and of course humans.
Another ark filled with everyone’s favorite and less prominent races — hanar, drell, elcor, and of course the G’s themselves Volus — are teased within the game’s campaign (set up as potential DLC), but batarians are notably not mentioned. That being said, the explanation for them now coming should be interesting.
For those that don’t know: Batarians were (Mass Effect Trilogy Spoilers) first introduced in the first game, though they played a much larger role in Mass Effect 2, before being decimated by the Reapers in Mass Effect 3.
Hailing from the world of Khar’shan, the Batarians are a disreputable species that are known for their isolation mentality. They are commonly found among pirates and criminal outfits in the Terminus Systems, which fuels their reputation as thugs. Normal, not criminal Batarians are rarely ever seen because they are forbidden to leave Batarian space by the their government.
BioWare hasn’t revealed when said update will arrive. Mass Effect: Andromeda is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.