Mass Effect: Andromeda
“Mass Effect” Andromeda” is scheduled to be released early 2017 on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Developer BioWare has announced new gameplay footage of the game that will be shown next week at the Consumer Electronics Show during NVIDIA’s keynote address on Jan 4. Facebook/Mass Effect: Andromeda

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” fans have been treated to a new video that takes the viewer through the Nexus and into it. BioWare and EA are leaving no stone unturned in keeping players updated about every aspect of the game ahead of its launch. The video introduces Nexus, the operational base for the Andromeda Initiative. It’s from here that the characters will try and find a new home.

According to GamingBolt, the new video aims to familiarise viewers with the Nexus and its location, a place where players are going to spend a lot of their time. There is some important information contained in the video that can be construed as spoilers. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” will release for PS4, Xbox One and PC on March 21. One can watch the video, “Mass Effect Andromeda: A Tour of the Nexus - IGN First” here.

Meanwhile, GameSpot has revealed how players can skip “Mass Effect: Andromeda” multiplayer missions and still get rewarded. Game producer Fernando Melo and lead designer Ian Frazier has revealed new information on Twitter. Melo said that instead of playing missions in multiplayer, one can send out a Strike Team, which is basically and AI-controlled group of Allies, to attempt the mission for the player. This is a unique characteristic of the game, where the group can gain XP and also level up on behalf of the player.

Frazier and Melo further revealed that certain Strike Team missions cannot be played in multiplayer and cannot be retried, if not successful. The soldiers are randomly generated and their appearance is fairly abstracted. However, players will get to see the rough racial composition of each team. Players will also be informed about the different traits of the Strike Team, which will explain the missions they are good and bad at. Even though “Mass Effect: Andromeda” players choose the makeup of the Strike Team, they can surely choose the team.

Fans who attend PAX East can play the multiplayer modes this week. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” is also expected to receive free DLC multiplayer maps post launch. Starting March 16, players will be able to enjoy a free trial through the EA/Origin Access programs on Xbox One and PC. The campaign component will be locked to a set number of missions, and the 10-hour trial will allow players test multiplayer and single-player. One can view the entire conversation on Strike Teams on Frazier’s official Twitter account.