Some supposedly leaked gameplay footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda has surfaced that indicates that gamers will be able to get around the sometimes harsh landscapes across various planets using a jetpack.
Gamespot picked up the news from a post over on Neogaf where they claim they managed to get footage of the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. If you check the thread the video has been deleted off YouTube (as is typical with most leaked footage) but some managed to capture the important parts of the video in gif format. You can check out barely a second of the fuzzy, low-resolution clip via gif below.
So what exactly are we looking at here? Well, if the footage is real, we see that the new protagonist can leap up over small rooftops and quickly traverse through the landscape with just one small boost.
It's more of a vertical leap than a Jango Fett-style rocket boost. We can know for sure that it's a small boost only because he has to use it twice to get on top of the roof of that circular hut.
Also, given that there doesn't appear to be any indicators for the jetpack's usage, I'm under the impression that this particular upgrade in Mass Effect: Andromeda has static use in small intervals. So you don't get to burn x amount of fuel to boost longer or a charge pack to increase the boost.
Now, knowing that this is a third-person shooter first and an RPG second, I would presume that there would be jetpack upgrades. I would imagine there are probably packs with actual boosts with longer burn times. Then again, I could be completely wrong and this could end up being just another basic jetpack upgrade with the maximum amount of functionality that we see in the gif above.
One thing that's pointed out in the Gamespot article is that infamous leaker Shinobi602 has chimed in about the leaked footage, explaining that this is actually from an internal demo from all the way back in 2014. If that's the case then it's possible that over the past two years the jetpack feature in Mass Effect: Andromeda could be a very detailed and expansive mechanic with a lot of different jetpack options. I'm definitely hoping for the latter.
The gameplay, however, from the clip appears to definitely fit the recent survey's description of it being primarily a shooter. The survey also revealed that the upcoming Mass Effect title will see humans as the aggressors, attempting to colonize and take over a planet from an alien species.
We don't know exactly what the details are surrounding what made humans decide to become the space punks of the galaxy, but I'm sure they'll cover all of the nitty gritty details on what happened following the Reaper invasion back in Mass Effect 3.
A lot of gamers are excited, but reservedly so. There's this apprehension that BioWare could end up pulling another Mass Effect 3 with this game, so there's cautious optimism surrounding the hype machine. The next game in the series is expected to go live for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC in early 2017.