The wait is over for Mass Effect fans. The fourth installment in the series now has an official release date. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be taking you to an all-new galaxy on March 21, 2017 (North America) and March 23, 2017 (Europe). BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn made the announcement recently via a post on the official website. This comes after a round of the usual leaks and rumors regarding the release date circulated around the internet.
And that's not the only good news for Mass Effect fans to start the year. An exclusive gameplay footage was also released at the currently ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The event is held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will run until January 8, in case you're interested. You can check out the video below, courtesy of NVidia.
Unlike previous installments in the acclaimed series, Mass Effect: Andromeda will allow players to experiment with their character's build. In past Mass Effect games, players had to restart their play-through if they want a different approach. Not the most time-friendly method. This free customization aspect is heavily featured in the video above, which shows the main character, Scott Ryder. The video also showcases the "Tempest," the space ship controlled by players, not unlike the "Normandy."
Mass Effect: Andromeda was first announced back in 2012 (then still-untitled). But it wasn't until E3 2015 that the game was officially revealed. That's a long five-year wait for eager fans. But if the trailers are any indication, it seems to be worth every second of the wait. You can check out the first ever trailer below.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to take place six centuries after the original trilogy. In case the title doesn't imply it enough, the game will be set in an all-new galaxy - the Andromeda galaxy. Players can choose to explore the open-world game using either a male or a female character (Scott or Sara Ryder). The game was developed by BioWare and will be published by Electronic Arts. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.