BioWare has managed to achieve a major milestone in the development of Mass Effect: Andromeda. They're gearing up for the release of the game at the end of next month, and one of the most important things that can happen in the later stages of development has happened... and it's all good.
The news went live via the official BioWare Twitter where they simply stated that Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold. This means that the core development on the game has been completed, and the gold master disc has been compiled and shipped off for shipping and manufacturing. This process will ensure that the game will be distributed and will make its way to retailers the world around by its initial March 21st release starting in North America for the PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One and on Origin for PC.
BioWare have been working hard on the game for the past several years, coming off the last big Mass Effect release back in 2012. The original trilogy rounded out the epic, galaxy-saving adventure of Commander Shepard and the intrepid crew of the Normandy.
For Mass Effect: Andromeda BioWare admitted that they're not going to try to replicate what they achieved with the original Mass Effect trilogy. They decided to scale back on the adventure and go with something smaller and more intimate with Andromeda, focusing on the journey of the crew aboard the Tempest as they explore the galaxy as part of the Andromeda initiative. Players will no longer be commanding a super kick-butt soldier in the form of an N7 ranked Specter. Instead, the new sci-fi action-RPG will put players in the role of the brother and/or sister duo of Scott and Sarah Ryder, designated Pathfinders who are tasked with scouting and discovering a new inhabitable home for humans.
BioWare has decided to take a slightly more lighthearted approach to the game, which is evident with Peebee, who has been described as being quirky and more jocular than many of the previous Asari who have been featured in the Mass Effect games.
However, just because they've moved away from the pressing quest structure of being forced to save the world doesn't mean that there won't be thrilling moments in the game. They've revamped the combat in the game, utilizing physics-based properties for the biotics, which allow players to pick up objects and fling them around the combat arena. They've also implemented a new jetpack system that will allow players to traverse through the environment and even engage in platforming segments.
The rover is also making a return in the form of the Nomad, where players will be able to traverse over the surface of planets and even use the rover to help out in combat. Oh yeah, and they've also made where every object in Mass Effect: Andromeda can be used for wall-hugging, which adds a whole new layer of depth to the shoot-outs.
Now that the game has gone gold, you can look for Mass Effect: Andromeda to launch on March 21st for the PC, PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One.