Mass Effect: Andromeda Public Multiplayer Test Cancellation Is A Bad Omen
Mass effect Andromeda Sara Ryder
(Last Updated On: March 2, 2017)

If you were looking forward to testing out the multiplayer in Mass Effect: Andromeda, you’ll have to do so in person when they have a special build of the game on display at this year’s PAX East, taking place between March 10th and March 12th.

Over on the BioWare blog they announced that the multiplayer portion of Mass Effect: Andromeda would be on display to the public for the first time at the BioWare Base in room 2AB.

However, there won’t be a public multiplayer test. They state in the blog…

“We’ll be running 12 NVidia PCs from 10am-10pm, giving you plenty of time to join the fight. You can also visit Microsoft on the show floor (booth #13019) for your chance to play on Xbox One.


“While we will have live multiplayer at PAX East, there will no longer be a multiplayer tech test for players at home. Thank you to everyone who signed up. We look forward to seeing you in Andromeda.”

The original plan was to allow players to play-test the multiplayer for Mass Effect: Andromeda from home, but now that’s all done away with while there’s just a few weeks left before the game’s release.

It’s usually not a good sign when your game – even after having gone gold – is still being withheld from the public so close to the actual launch. It reeks of absent confidence.

This is no surprise given that the marketing for Andromeda has been inconsistent and somewhat lacking. From the community backlash over the unattractive characters, to the last ditch effort to shore up the game’s nudity, to one of the designers expressing his racist agenda, BioWare seems to be floundering when it comes to delivering a direct and believable message for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Canceling the multiplayer test just seems to be another step in the wrong direction for trying to win over eager fans and skeptical critics.

Regardless, you can look for the sci-fi RPG to launch on March 21st later this month for PC, PS4, PS4 Pro and Xbox One.

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  • AceOfAces_Mod

    What the heck? Are they trying to hold off people until the release? Why would they do that, if they have confidence that their game is good? Something tells me that the game may be worse than what we see and they try to hold off criticism until the positive reviews from the press comes.

  • Disqusted

    Weird face and hair in the header image. It’s like, sorta realistic, but sorta not.

    • Laytonaster

      Seems the image is 2D, but going for a realistic style. Still, she’s leagues prettier than FemRyder.

      • Disqusted

        It kinda looks like someone took a photo and then photoshop airbrushed it to hell.


    Well, this is .. disturbing. Bioware is desperately trying to avoid talking about the fact that they have known racists on staff, This is why they have attempted to talk up this “softcore porn” bullshit with their sex scenes, which will more than likely be similar to the scenes we’ve seen in the past. Andromeda might very well be a decent game, but the controversy that consistently surrounds it due to the nature of the staff.. It makes me not want to touch the game at all. Or at least, not at its current full price.

    • LurkerJK

      Have you watched the peebee loyalty mission video ?, its not going to be decent, its going to be a hilarious mess with extreme hand holding

      They almost did away with the dialogue choices, now the MC talks a LOT by herself and comments EVERYTHING, you apparently no longer get to shape the MC personality, you get told what to do all the time, thet almost speak non stop, and both peebee and the MC sound like 12 year old hyper girls

      • Disqusted

        That sounds like ass.

      • MONAD

        Yeah. I did. Tbh, a lot of the voice work didn’t bother me as much as it would most folks. I’m more worried about the gameplay elements. I’m concerned that they’re going to handhold a lot of people through this since Social Justice advocates don’t like difficult things. It wasn’t too bad in Inquisition. Inquisition got difficult even on Casual in some parts even as you leveled up. This..I’m just worried about all around due to them pushing ugly characters with an unlikable personality.

      • RichardGristle

        “now the MC talks a LOT by herself and comments EVERYTHING”

        So it’s like hanging out on a feminist’s Twitter page.

        • Disqusted

          Ugh, social media. It’s literally the age of narcissism.

      • SevTheBear

        Doesn’t sounds like an RPG anymore to me. When you think about it, ME3 was not a real RPG either.

        I never played DA: Inquisition. But I heard plenty about it’s tag on MP, BUTT ugly elf and banging Iron Bull… so I guess it was better for some reason…