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Mass Effect Andromeda Multiplayer Adds New Aliens

The hubbub surrounding single-player DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda has been the topic of discussion these last few weeks, but BioWare and EA are hoping to change the discussion by centering on something a little more multiplayer focused... such as some brand new playable aliens called the Batarians.

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The tweet went out earlier yesterday over on the official Mass Effect Twitter account. It was a nice little gift for the July 4th holiday.

The video above is only 11 seconds long, featuring a pan up of the new multiplayer race that players will be able to select when playing online in the co-op mode, a Batarian. There's also a tease for a new difficulty setting called Platinum.

According to Eurogamer the Batarians were in the original Mass Effect trilogy for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3, but they were not featured in the story mode of Mass Effect: Andromeda. The site questioned exactly how the Batarians managed to make their way into the Andromeda galaxy? The question comes from the fact that within the single player campaign there's no mention of this race having made the trip from the Milky Way to Andromeda.

For those of you who don't know, Mass Effect: Andromeda is kind of a pre-sequel, given that the original Andromeda initiative (lore wise) took place well before the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy. However, the journey took such a long time that by the time the campaign events unfold, it's well after the events that transpired in Mass Effect 3. Part of the theme around Andromeda was that it was a whole new galaxy and all new alien races were there to be discovered, along with all new adventures to go on. This posed a bit of a lore issue given that a lot of gamers were curious how the other species got to the Andromeda galaxy without a mass relay?

Unfortunately, we won't get an answer to that question regarding the Batarians unless there is going to be some new single-player DLC. Speaking of which, the comment thread under the tweet was full of Mass Effect fans asking about single-player content.

EA support, Xbox support, and BioWare support have been scrambling to redirect some of the comments about single-player DLC, pointing gamers toward the last 1.08 patch notes, and telling gamers that there is nothing to report right now regarding single-player DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

There was some odd news surrounding the DLC for the game, including a company claiming to have been contracted to work on three pieces of DLC, but that Electronic Arts then canceled the contract. Later, EA and BioWare publicly stated that there was no connection to that company and that there was never a contract with them. Other reports later surfaced that while the company may not have been contracted to work on the DLC for Andromeda, EA has no plans to pay for more single-player content for Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Where the Batarians fit in with the whole DLC fiasco, no one knows, but at least a new playable alien race will be joining the game's multiplayer side... soon.

Will Usher

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend.