Mass Effect: Andromeda Will Have A Handful Of Planets To Explore
(Last Updated On: March 3, 2017)

There may be close to a hundred locations to visit in Mass Effect: Andromeda, but only a handful of those planets will be explorable. They’ve ultimately opted for hand-crafted exploration as opposed to the typical randomly generated planet paradigm used in a lot of space sims being made today.

This bit of information comes courtesy of a new exploration and discovery video that details the exploration, space travel and Nomad gameplay mechanics. It’s a five and a half minute long trailer that gives you a bit more of a look into what the gameplay is like. You can check it out below.

One of the things they talk about that they haven’t discussed before, is the ability to call down a loadout pod called a Forward Station that can be used to redeploy the Nomad if it gets lost, or to switch out your weapons for combat.

Mass Effect Andromeda - Forward Station

They explain that you’ll need to explore planets and complete quests in order to raise the viability of a planet becoming colonized. You can only colonize a planet by either defeating hostile threats on the planet, or completing loyalty missions for the residents on the planet.

Mass Effect Andromeda - Krogans

Raising the affability between the crew and the residents will eventually make the planet viable for creating an outpost for colonization, which in turn will allow you to upgrade the Nexus, the hub where the human colonists are stationed.

Waking up different colonists will grant you with different bonuses, some of which can increase your science, others your biotics, so on and so forth.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has been at the center of plenty of controversy surrounding the game’s unattractive characters, shoddy animations and one of the developers going on a racist tirade against his own audience. We’ll see how all of these factors play into the overall sales for Mass Effect: Andromeda when it launches on March 21st.


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  • Ebalosus

    “A handful of explorable planets”

    Look, I know quality over quantity is usually preferable, but in the age of Elite Dangerous, Star Citizen, and One Man’s Lie, a “handful of explorable worlds” doesn’t quite cut it.

    • I was thinking the same thing. They’re going to surpass that pretty easily in the next few Star Citizen updates.

    • durka durka

      Well fallout has dungeons but 95% of them are identical.

  • Disqusted

    Couldn’t help but chuckle at the derpy faces in the header image.

    • MONAD

      Bioware couldn’t render a face if their life depended on it. And it probably will, considering how many have been vocal about not buying the game day one. I wouldn’t be surprised if Manveer’s racism is what keeps a lot of people, including myself, away from the game at least until it’s finished in its entirety. I’m going to wait until all the shit dies down surrounding it before I even THINK about buying it.

      • Every day more and more people keep looking up “Mass Effect racism”… and the search pings are growing rapidly as the game nears its release. If it keeps it up, then it’s going to be one heck of an opening sales day for them.

        • MONAD

          Which is why I’m waiting until all this bullshit dies down. I don’t like buying a game day one and in the back of my mind wondering if I’m somehow sponsoring racism by buying it due to the nature of a studio’s staff.

      • I’m likely to only buy Andromeda used, when it’s on a real killer of a sale. Like, no more than $15USD.

    • That’s why I chose it.

      http://i.imgur.com/EmgECR8.gif