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Mass Effect Andromeda

2 months ago

More artwork from the next Mass Effect has surfaced

Hello and welcome to the corner of the RPS Treehouse where we sit and chant, "Mass Effect! Mass Effect! Mass Effect!" to will news about BioWare's sci-fi series into being. This week, our dark magic has summoned three (3!) new images of some lovely artwork for the next Mass Effect game, which the developers revealed they were working on during their N7 Day celebrations. Oooh…

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Why doesn’t this Mass Effect PC case look like a spaceship?

Look at this official Mass Effect PC case. I love it, but I hate that it's a Mass Effect case. It's as though NZXT thought: "What would Commander Shepard herself play video games on?" But they should not have done that because - for as amazing as she is - Shepard clearly has boring taste.Shep's casual clothes are like, what, an N7 logo hoodie, an…

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3 months ago

I think the next Mass Effect is set in Andromeda

I called it. I bloody called it. On Friday I asked: "What if BioWare announced Mass Effect 5 this weekend?" So you'll imagine my surprise and delight when the devs revealed they're currently working on a new Mass Effect game. They didn't provide many details, it's all very early days. However, there is an image. A teaser image with some alien silhouettes that suggests to…

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BioWare are making a new Mass Effect

Three years after Mass Effect: Andromeda failed to ignite a new sci-fi RPG saga, developers BioWare today announced they are working on "the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe." Huh! Sure, everyone expected them to announce remasters of the original trilogy today (because chat about them has been leaking for months) but this was a surprise bonus. BioWare give no hints about the new…

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What if BioWare announced Mass Effect 5 this weekend?

N7 Day, or Mass Effect day as you might know it, is right around the corner. This Saturday, a couple of BioWare devs and a load of the original trilogy's voice cast are holding a "very special" panel to celebrate. Now, there are suspicions and whisperings of what may or may not be said at this panel - it would be baffling if all this…

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3 years ago

BioWare boss: not releasing Andromeda DLC was ‘a defining moment’ driving studio to refocus on story

The general manager of BioWare has said that not releasing story DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda and leaving much-wanted tales untold was "a defining moment in refocusing BioWare's mission", which will inform Anthem. Casey Hudson talked up the importance of story and characters in a 'studio update' blog post yesterday. Given that I've forgotten almost everything I've heard of the action-RPG's story (it's on a…

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Mass Effect 2 & 3 overhauled with a huge fan-made texture pack

Face still feeling tired after the whole Mass Effect: Andromeda debacle? Well, the earlier, better games haven't stopped existing, y'know. Maybe revisiting them with a slightly more 2017 look will scratch your itch. For instance, with these mods that add over 3,000 replacement, higher-res, 4K-friendly textures to Mass Effect 2 & 3.

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Mass Effect: Annihilation is a tie-in novel that will reveal the fate of the Quarians and Elcor

Mass Effect Andromeda was so tremendously dull -- just read John’s Andromeda review -- that it appears to have killed off a whole franchise (or at least put it in a coma). While I absolutely don’t think it earned a sequel, it is a shame that there are so many story threads left hanging. Like what the hell happened to all the other aliens from…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda getting no singleplayer DLC

The singleplayer side of Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is now officially as done as it'll ever be, as BioWare have confirmed they have no plans for more singleplayer patches or any singleplayer DLC. Multiplayer additions and events will continue but Andromeda's singleplayer is complete. Given that it was a disapointing new start for the sci-fi RPG series, that doomsaying rumours have circulated for months,…

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Mass Effect Andromeda studio merging into EA’s Motive

Electronic Arts are merging BioWare Montreal, the spin-off studio who made Mass Effect: Andromeda, into Motive Studios. EA say that "more than ever, we're driving collaboration between studios on key projects". It seems that, after Andromeda, the folks of BioWare Montreal are being drafted to work on others' projects again. Motive, who are also in Montreal, are currently chipping in on Star Wars Battlefront 2…

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4 years ago

Mass Effect Andromeda ten-hour trial available now

If you've been holding off on Mass Effect Andromeda [official site], which is entirely understandable whether you're a fan of the series or not, perhaps a ten hour free trial is just what you need to decide whether the trip is worth your time and money. Previously available to EA Access subscribers, the trial is now open to everyone. It gives you ten hours of…

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Mass Effect Andromeda’s co-op adding batarians

A new higher difficulty setting and, seemingly, batarian troops are coming to the cooperative multiplayer of Mass Effect: Andromeda in a future update. Unhelpfully, Electronic Arts don't have much to say about either at this point.They don't have much to say about anything connected to Andromeda these days. Rumours are floating around that no follow-up is coming and that nor are any singleplayer expansions. That's…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda will let spacemen smooch Jaal

Men of space, soon you may hold, thrill, and kiss Jaal in Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site]. BioWare have announced the next patch for their boldly-going RPG, which will expand the character creator options, rework an awkwardly-written trans character, fix some bugs and balance bits, and make Jaal smoochable by both male and female Ryders. It won't fix Andromeda's broader boringness but hey, I never…

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Report: Mass Effect is taking a nap

It's a bloodbath in Old Gamestown today. Square Enix have tragically called a halt to Agent 47's Hitman career, despite his being at the peak of his powers, and meanwhile Kotaku report on rumours that EA has grounded the Mass Effect series in the wake of frowny reception to this year's Mass Effect Andromeda [official site]. Word is that the devs have been moved onto…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda 1.06 brings boosts and fixes

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…

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New Mass Effect patch: what a difference an eye makes

The first of several planned updates designed to address various criticisms of Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] landed yesterday, and though it comprises 20 main fixes, one stands out above all else. If the eyes are the window to the soul, then the glassy sexbot stares of MEA's launch version certainly contributed to unfavourable impressions. The new v1.05 update's toned down the inhumanity of the…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda improving animations, adding autopilot skip

The first post-launch patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] will arrive on Thursday, April 6th, BioWare have announced. Patch 1.05 will include an option to skip those autopilot sequences on the galaxy map, balance tweaks, and improvements to facial animations and lip-syncing. Andromeda's faces are a small problem compared to its greater flaws, is Wot John Thinks says, but they are one of the…

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Bioware “working around the clock to improve and build on” Mass Effect: Andromeda

Newbie Mass Effect game Andromeda [official site] has proved to be the most controversial since, well, the last Mass Effect game. The fuss this time is not to do with convenient space magic endings and dangling plot threads, but instead a tri-gripe of its feeling somewhat routine, a shower of bugs and a feeling that its facial animations are a little bit Christmas panto. Devs…

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Mass Effect: Andromeda released, in some countries

Given that hot takes, early access impressions, reviews, and (not very positive) Wot I Thinks have been flying for a week, it feels like Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] has been out for days. Nope! Today is the official launch day of BioWare Montreal's sci-fi RPG, rolling out through Origin across... certain corners of the world. For some ludicrous reason, the European launch isn't for…

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Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer test cancelled

As the marketing cannons volley and thunder to the left, right, and front to clear a path for the launch of Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] later this month, I'm trying to pick out the pertinent bits. Such as: for those who signed up for the multiplayer test, hoping to have a crack before launch, I bring bad news. BioWare have scrapped the planned 'multiplayer…

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