Mass Effect: Andromeda
“Mass Effect: Andromeda” will release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC on March 21 and Bioware’s Aaron Flynn has confirmed via Twitter that there will be no Season Pass for the game. Facebook/Mass Effect

“Mass Effect: Andromeda” is releasing on March 21 in the US and March 23 in Australia and Europe for PS4, Xbox One and PC. If latest reports are to be believed, the game, earlier suggested to be an open-world adventure, will not be so. Producer Michael Gamble has confirmed this during a recent interview. However, he also said that the game won’t be totally linear either. The news has come as a surprise to many fans who were, up to now, expecting an open-world game as previous reports had revealed.

According to Game Spot, Gamble in an interview with Official Xbox Magazine used the term “exploration-based game” when describing “Mass Effect: Andromeda.” He added that the game will have all the concepts of tight story deliverance and every other enjoyable element that fans have come to love in “Mass Effect” games. This kind of confirms that the upcoming highly anticipated title will follow the path of the franchise’s past releases as it relates to structure. Exploration is an added element and a crucial one.

Exploration will sometime happen in open spaces and at times it won’t. “Mass Effect: Andromeda” won’t definitely be a sandbox-type of a game though players will be able to cruise around few of the planets in the Nomad. Mako was previously the vehicle to drive in “Andromeda” but has been replaced by Nomad. Thus, the game is not an open-world title in the traditional sense and the main story/side missions will be woven via linear moments. Even though Nomad is a better vehicle than Mako, that does not mean it’s free roam for players.

“I definitely wouldn't call Andromeda an open-world game. We like to use the term 'exploration-based game'. You still have the concept of tight story deliverance and all the great things you come to expect with Mass Effect. The layer on top of that is a layer of exploration. Sometimes that happens in open spaces, but not always. You can cruise around some of these planets in the Nomad, but it's not the traditional sandbox-type game,” said Gamble, which was relayed by Games Radar.

Meanwhile, certain leaked “Mass Effect: Andromeda” screenshots have revealed main character Sara Ryder and her father, among other people and aliens. The screenshots have been shared below. BioWare has confirmed that there won’t be any crossplay support while the PC version will have an uncapped frame rate. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on “Mass Effect: Andromeda.”