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According to the images that were captured from Best Buy's website before the details were taken down, there will be a Deluxe Edition of the game as well that will sell for $10 more than the $60 standard version. Exactly what would be included in that was not mentioned. However, the game's "features" as listed by Best Buy were as follows.
Chart Your Own Course in a Dangerous New Galaxy
Unravel the mysteries of the Andromeda galaxy as you discover rich, alien worlds in the search for humanity's new home
Lead the First Humans in Andromeda on a Desperate Search for our New Home
In this new chapter of Mass Effect, meet and recruit all-new, interesting characters caught up in an epic space saga filled with mystery and galactic conflict
Fight with your Pathfinder Team In Battle Against Terrifying Enemies and Creatures
New additions like destructible environments, boosted jumps for added verticality, and all-new weapons and Biotics make combat more thrilling than ever
Build a Formidable Hero With Amazing Weapons, Powers and Tech
With a much more flexible skill and weapon progression tree, you can replicate your play style to make you unstoppable against new, powerful alien enemies
For 1 player or up to 4 in multiplayer mode
The first few items on the list are fairly non-specific and pretty much what we'd expect to see in a Mass Effect game. However, there are a few useful details here. The game will feature destructible environments and boosted jumps. Environments were fairly static in the original trilogy. They contained your over-abundance of waist-high walls that all cover based shooters require. It would seem that now your waist high wall can be destroyed, which could give both you and your opponents a new strategy in combat. Jumping was never really a thing you could do before either. Your character could jump across small gaps when needed, but this description implies that jumping will be a major mechanic.
Today is N7 day which means that we expect to get a decent amount of information regarding the future of the Mass Effect universe. However, as per usual, not all the information we're getting is through official channels. A retailer dropped information on the game's pre-order setup early, which gave us access to the box art as well as the game's details listed on the packaging.
The second to last item may be of particular importance to some old school Mass Effect fans. While many aspects of the game only got better as the series went on, one area that seemed to be given less attention with each iteration was the skill tree. Mass Effect: Andromeda would seem to be promising a more nuanced approach so that different players can actually focus on different skills, and possibly create unique weapons, not simply decide which ones they want to use more often.
Finally, we have a confirmation that multiplayer will be part of Mass Effect: Andromeda. This isn't too surprising. Few game series take multiplayer out after they add it in. Since the multiplayer is limited to four players, it would seem the plan is for a mode similar to "Galaxy at War" from Mass Effect 3, where small fire teams competed in a co-op defense against waves of incoming enemies.
What do you think of Mass Effect: Andromeda so far? IS it a worthy successor to the series? Let us know if you'll be pre-ordering it in the comments.