Mass Effect Andromeda is an upcoming action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is scheduled for release in North America on March 21, 2017 and in Europe on March 23. The game begins within the Milky Way Galaxy during the 22nd century, where humanity is planning to populate new home worlds in the Andromeda Galaxy as part of a strategy called the Andromeda Initiative.
The player assumes the role of either Sara or Scott Ryder, an inexperienced military recruit who joins the Initiative and wakes up in Andromeda following a 600-year journey. The player explores the Andromeda galaxy by selecting destinations from the inside of a ship called Tempest. Planets have open world elements and can be traversed using the Nomad, a six-wheeled, all-terrain vehicle. While driving the Nomad, the player has the ability to scan the planet's terrain for resources and then deploy mining drones to collect them.
Similar to its predecessors, the player can interact with characters. During some conversations, the player will be prompted with a "narrative action" that offers an additional choice to what is available on the dialogue wheel.
Combat in Mass Effect Andromeda takes place in real-time, and unlike previous installments in the series, pausing the game to aim or select powers is no longer a feature. Damage is dealt to enemies using gunfire, melee attacks, or specialized powers such as a flamethrower. A single power cannot be deployed continuously; rather, after a power is used, there is a cool down period during which the power is disabled but other powers can be used.
Mass Effect Andromeda begins in 2185, between the events of the second and third games in the original Mass Effect trilogy. The four Citadel Council races are planning to populate new home worlds in the Andromeda Galaxy as part of a strategy called the Andromeda Initiative. Each [[Category:Races |race] will send 20,000 citizens on a one-way, 600-year journey to Andromeda aboard their own transportation vessel, called an Ark, and selects a leader, called a Pathfinder. However, when the passengers of the Hyperion:Ark Hyperion arrive in Andromeda, they find themselves horrendously off-course and out of contact with the rest of the Initiative, leaving it to their Pathfinder to help them find a new home. Aboard massive ships known as Arks, members of each recognized Citadel species - Human, Turian, Asari and Salarian - travel from their original galaxy to the Heleus cluster to find new homes and worlds for their kind.
Mass Effect Andromeda is an action role-playing game in which the player takes control of either Sara or Scott Ryder from a third-person perspective. For Ryder, the traditional class system has been scrapped. Ryder can learn any ability and isn't locked to a single progression tree. In a given playthrough, Ryder can have combat, tech, and biotic abilities whereas Commander Shepard was limited to no more than two categories of abilities.
Developers at BioWare have confirmed that not only will romances return, but they will not be limited by predesignated character sexual orientations. Deadlines in the game where a romance must be initiated have been eliminated as has the locking in of romances. Romances will offer differing levels of intimacy, including casual dating and non-sexual friendship akin to shooting bottles with Garrus in Mass Effect 3. Romance-able characters will show more variability in their preferences. Some characters will be more interested in emotional intimacy while others are more concerned about physical intimacy. Romance arcs will follow different paces for different characters with some willing to initiate a relationship immediately while others will take longer.
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Nomad RC Vehicle
Nomad RC Vehicle ($199 value + game cost if bundled) - Explore the world around you with the Remote Controlled Version of the Pathfinder's Nomad vehicle.
Nomad Die Cast Model
Nomad Die Cast Model ($99 value + game cost if bundled) - Own this limited edition model of the Pathfinder's planet-roaming vehicle, the Nomad.