A new patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] has blasted off with performance improvements, a few tweaks to cinematics and animations, and plenty of bug fixes. Good news: your robopal has stopped lying about you having new e-mail. Bad news: you can no longer romance both Peebee and Cora or Vetra (not that Andromeda’s romances are much cop). Update 1.06 is now live so let’s go rummage in the patch notes.
Rather than dump the lot here, I’ll pick out a few bits and pieces:
- Improved performance and stability
- Various improvements to cinematic scenes
- Fixed issue where SAM would mistakenly tell Ryder they have new email
- Conversation options will no longer appear ‘greyed out’ if new content is available
- Maximum Nexus Level increased to 29
- Fixed issues with player animations getting stuck when jumping or changing direction repeatedly
- Vendors now sell fire augmentations
- Weapon and armor vendors now carry inventory once player reaches Level 61
- Added graphics options to toggle Motion Blur and Depth of Field
- Swapping a dead squadmate at a loadout will not cause them to die permanently
- Fixed issue where player could romance both Cora and Peebee
- Fixed issue where player could romance both Vetra and Peebee
- Fixed issue where dialogue choices would auto-select when using mouse and keyboard
BioWare say those cinematic improvements are focused on the opening hours of the game.
Full patch notes for version 1.06 are over here and this post details accompanying multiplayer balance tweaks. Oh, and folks who bought fancy editions of Andromeda get some bonus bits: “two custom Nomad skins, a new casual Pathfinder outfit, and an exclusive multiplayer pack with a high chance of receiving an ultra-rare item.”
This update comes just over one month after version 1.05, a patch which hugely improved Andromeda’s human faces by making their eyes less dead.
I think I’ll probably pick Andromeda up when it gets a decent sale discount so sure, good, do keep improving it so Janey-Come-Latelys like me get a primo first experience. It’s a shame that people who are most enthusiastic about it will have had the shoddiest experiences.