Mass Effect Andromeda is one of the biggest titles launching this year and now we finally know when we can expect to play it. The developers revealed during CES 2017 that the highly anticipated game now has an official release date of March 21st (23rd in Europe). Bioware followed up the announcement with a new blog post on their website to commemorate the occasion. In it, Bioware General Manager Aaryn Flynn said that everybody at the company took a copy of Mass Effect Andromeda to play during the holiday and the resulting feedback ended up being overwhelmingly positive. Consequently, the developers decided not to postpone things any longer and launch the game this March, which coincides with the previously announced release window of Spring 2017.
In addition to announcing the release data, Bioware also presented a new trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda. The trailer was captured in-game using the Frostbyte engine and is reportedly “representative of game experience.” The showcased footage seems to be entirely new and although it doesn’t reveal anything major about the upcoming title, it does give us a better look at some of the improvements. While a lot of gamers were hoping for more similarities to the original, Mass Effect Andromeda actually looks more fast-paced and action-packed than even the last two installments. Granted, the new trailer is mostly focused on combat rather than exploration, so perhaps that was to be expected.
Even more interesting than the combat, however, is the fact that the trailer gives us our first good look at the new skill tree system. For the most part, everything is very reminiscent of the previous titles but there are some important differences. Most noteworthy, it would that appear that Mass Effect Andromeda allows players to change their class on the fly thanks to the new Profiles system. Familiar skills and classes are all still there, however, now the player isn’t required to stick to just one class anymore and can instead switch between different profiles depending on the situation. In other words, the goal is to offer players more freedom to mix and match different skills without having to stick to a traditional class.
Mass Effect Andromeda launches on March 21st for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.