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BioWare's Mass Effect: Andromeda is just a few weeks away from release and the company is still slowly revealing new details about the sci-fi RPG, including how the post-release multiplayer content will work for the game.
BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn took to Twitter to explain that the multiplayer expansion roll out for Mass Effect: Andromeda will be identical to Mass Effect 3. This will mean that all the multiplayer maps will be free for those playing the game online.
This was actually one of the biggest saving graces for Mass Effect 3. The game may have had a lot of controversy surrounding it due to the way they decided to wrap up a lot of the story threads in order to meet the release date deadline, but the one thing that a lot of people -- sometimes even begrudgingly -- have to admit about Mass Effect 3 is that the game's multiplayer was extremely well done.
Some people still admit to playing the multiplayer even to this day due to how addictive and well designed it is. In order to capitalize on its engagement levels, BioWare actually released the maps for the mode for free. This lured more gamers into the fold and kept veteran players coming back for more.
The multiplayer in Mass Effect 3 did have a microtransaction store with various types of items to purchase, but, for the most part, since the mode was a cooperative experience, there was no need to worry about paying to win.
For Mass Effect: Andromeda they appear to be going the same route. They've mentioned that while the multiplayer will have microtransactions, you won't be able to use the microtransactions to pay your way to better gear to use in the single-player mode.
The single-player will have crossover with the multiplayer, though. Players who want some of the benefits and rewards from the multiplayer but don't want to go through the hardships of teaming with other players and doing the cooperative mode, it's actually possible to use strike team NPCs to go out on the multiplayer missions and reap rewards for the player.
The strike teams will work similar to the Assassin's Guild in the Assassin's Creed games, where you could send out teams of assassins to carry out missions for you and complete mission tasks. The rewards they garnered from the missions could help you during the single-player portion of the game.
Unfortunately, BioWare cancelled the public multiplayer test for Mass Effect: Andromeda, so players won't be able to play the mode early to see what it's like and how it's changed from the last game. However, they will be showcasing the multiplayer mode at PAX East this weekend.
Additionally, those who are subscribed to EA Access will be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda a week earlier than everyone else with a 10 hour free trial, which includes unlimited access to the multiplayer within those 10 hours.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is due for release on March 21st for PC, PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One.