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BioWare Releases Mass Effect: Andromeda Sara Ryder Character Trailer

[embedded content] It’s been a few days since the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda and BioWare has just released the character trailer for one of the game’s main protagonists, Sara Ryder. In Andromeda, players get to choose one of two twins, Sara or Scott Ryder, to play as the main character, but both characters remain part of the game’s story regardless of the player’s choice. The trailer itself shows a few of the game’s cutscenes featuring Sara Ryder, as well as several of the game’s other characters, alien races, events, and locations. Mass Effect: Andromeda was met with very mixed reviews (check out our review here) most of which criticized the game’s animations, more specifically the facial animations of many of its characters including Sara Ryder, as well as other serious technical issues. BioWare has since announced that they plan to fix many of the game’s problems and are considering fixing the animations as well. [Source: Mass Effect (YouTube)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

2017

EA Play Will Bring the Star Wars Battlefront Sequel, Need for Speed, and More

DLC & Patches

Titanfall 2’s Next Free Map & Free Trial Weekend Arrive on March 30

[embedded content] The next free DLC drop for Titanfall 2, Colony Reborn, is releasing on March 30, Respawn announced today. It will include the return of the Colony map from Titanfall, classic weapons, a new grapple execution, and new cosmetics, and the accompanying base game patch will feature bug fixes, balancing, and game improvements. Here’s an overview of what to expect from Colony Reborn: Free Content New Map Colony – This classic should be familiar to long time Titanfall fans. Set among a sleepy settler town, the dense center is filled with narrow streets, interiors, and rooftops surrounded by open Titan lanes. Weapon R-101 – Universally well regarded for its unique versatility, the R-101 platform has been a mainstay of human conflict since the first settlers arrived from the Core Systems. This version is outfitted with ACOG scope. New Execution Curb Check Paid Cosmetic Content Prime Titans Northstar Legion Titan Art Nose Art 5 new designs 1 new Warpaint per Titan Camo pack Callsign pack 20 banners 20 patches During the weekend following the release of Colony Reborn, Colony 24/7 will be the Featured Playlist and it will support a variety of modes. Additionally, you’ll be able to earn Double XP READ FULL…

Battlefield

Looking To End Grenade Spam, Battlefield 1 Gives Everyone Recharging Grenades

Choke points and trenches are prime targets for grenades in Battlefield 1. High player numbers can make it difficult to gain ground without being blow to kingdom come. The first part of the developer’s plans to curb this? Give everyone grenades that automatically resupply. Advertisement Instead of having a small stock of grenades that need to be resupplied at ammo crates dropped by Support class members, grenades in Battlefield 1 are now on a recharging cooldown. Players will receive more grenades over time, although standing near an ammo box will speed up the process. It’s part of an initiative called Ammo 2.0 meant to help balance the gameplay. This recent change went live alongside the latest DLC They Shall Not Pass. Advertisement “The cooldown based resupply shifts the benefit of the ammo box from long term to short term,” a DICE representative explained on Reddit. “With the cooldown giving small amounts of ammo over the long term, we can reduce the starting ammo of many gadgets, making having ammo most important during a fight instead of after.” Response has been icy. Other items such READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

BioWare

Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets New Trailer and Details for the Multiplayer Event: APEX Missions

EA

EA Play 2017: Playable Games Include The Next Star Wars Battlefront & Need for Speed

Electronic Arts has confirmed that the lineup of playable games at EA Play 2017 will include the next Star Wars Battlefront and Need for Speed “experiences,” as well as FIFA 18, Madden NFL 18, and NBA Live 18. “This isn’t all, by the way… and we’ll have more to share in the coming months,” they added. EA Play 2017 runs from June 10 to 12 in Hollywood, and tickets will be available on Thursday, April 20 at 9am PT/12pm ET. Here’s what to expect from EA Play if you aren’t attending the event in person: Beyond the hands-on experience in Hollywood, we have an extensive content program for our players joining us online. Throughout the three-day event we will be providing you with detailed gameplay deep dives, competitive events, and exclusive interviews with the development teams. So whether you’re experiencing EA Play in-person or watching online, be sure to join us starting June 10. We’ll likely learn more about the next Star Wars Battlefront during Star Wars Celebration Orlando, which runs from April 13 to 16. [Source: EA] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Titanfall 2’s Next Free DLC Colony Reborn Revealed and Detailed

BioWare

Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets New Accolades-type Trailer Starring Sara Ryder

Today, developer BioWare and publisher EA released a new accolades-type trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which released back on March 21st for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. …Read More The post Mass Effect: Andromeda Gets New Accolades-type Trailer Starring Sara Ryder by Tyler Fischer appeared first on DualShockers.

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BioWare Wants to “Strongly Support” Mass Effect Andromeda Moving Forward

On his Twitter account yesterday, Mass Effect Andromeda Lead Designer Ian Frazier responded to a question about the facial animations in the game and whether or not they would be addressed in a future patch. “We’re looking at patching lots of issues and want to strongly support the game moving forward,” he said. “I can’t say more just yet.” As for additional character creation options, BioWare is “still looking [at] several possibilities for improving the [character creator],” and Frazier has stubble for the male Ryder “on the list of things we’re looking at potentially fixing/adding for character creation.” Asked about light skin tones, he said, “Can’t promise anything yet, but we’re currently evaluating various options for making it better.” One of the other complaints about Andromeda is the fact that saving is disabled during priority missions. After confirming that it’s something BioWare is looking into, Frazier responded to someone who asked when players would be able to save during those missions. “Not sure yet, still checking out the ramifications of such a change,” he replied. “Will tweet if/when I can!” When a player asked if anything could be said about the lack of male/male romances, Frazier said, “There’s nothing I can share on this at READ…

DLC & Patches

FIFA 17 Update 1.08 Now Out on PS4 & Xbox One, Here’s What Was Added

[embedded content] Now available to download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, FIFA 17 update 1.08 fixes an issue where the goalie would pick up the ball after a pass back from a teammate, adds the ability to limit the number of times a player can win a weekday knockout tournament in FUT Champions, and more. Xbox One players say it’s a 1.09GB download. According to the PS4’s Update History, here’s everything included in today’s FIFA 17 update: Addressed the Following in FIFA Ultimate Team Added the ability to limit the number of times a player can win a weekday knockout tournament in FUT Champions. This will be visible on the main FUT Champions HUB tournament tile. Added the ability to limit attribute items for FUT Champions matches. This will be visible in the event details screen. Added new squad restriction options to FUT Champions such as player type Added games remaining to the FUT Champions leaderboard Visual/Presentation Changes Updated Chapecoense’s team crest Fixed Axel Tuanzebe’s 2D player photo Addressed an issue where a player’s overall rating is displayed incorrectly Addressed the Following in Gameplay An issue where the goalie would pick up the ball after a pass back from a teammate Disabled the READ…

BioWare

Digital Foundry: Mass Effect Andromeda on PS4 Runs Gameplay at 1080p, Cutscenes at 900p

[embedded content] In their initial performance analysis of Mass Effect Andromeda on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Digital Foundry says gameplay runs at 1080p on PS4, but cutscenes drop to 900p. Xbox One, meanwhile, runs gameplay at 900p and cutscenes at 756p. “Curiously, some cutscenes actually resolve at full 1080p on both systems – but on close inspection, these turn out to be video sequences that run while game data streams into memory in the background,” Digital Foundry adds. The frame-rate comparison begins at 4:20 of the video, and it shows that Mass Effect Andromeda is capped at 30fps, but there are drops on both consoles, typically in the same areas. Starting at 5:20 of the video, you can see how screen-tearing only appears in the “top couple of lines on PS4, thus being mostly unnoticeable,” and see how the frame-rate can vary from 24fps – 30fps during gameplay. After saying that the PS4’s frame-rate is “ever-so-slightly smoother” than Xbox One, Digital Foundry added, “In short, for the majority of the experience, performance hits the target, but we could really use an optimization push to iron out the remaining kinks.” Digital Foundry says they’ll have an analysis on the PS4 Pro version of Mass Effect…

BioWare

BioWare Offers up a Mass Effect Andromeda Launch Message, Doctor’s Note

[embedded content] Mass Effect Andromeda is releasing this week in North America and Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and developer BioWare offered up this message today, thanking fans for sharing the five-year journey with them: Three studios, five years, and hundreds of people made Mass Effect Andromeda a reality, and we can’t wait for you to explore this new galaxy. From all of us at BioWare, thank you for sharing the journey with us. We hope you enjoy this next chapter in the Mass Effect universe. Over on the Mass Effect website, BioWare listed 10 reasons why you should be excited for Andromeda: Characters – As the Pathfinder, you won’t have to shoulder the responsibility of humanity’s future by yourself. To explore the galaxy and find a home, you’ll build a team with members of various species and backgrounds. New friendships, rivalries, and more await. Exploration – Your task is to determine the right planet for humanity to thrive on, and that takes exploration. One of the best tools for discovering a planet’s environment is The Nomad, a top-of-the-line scout rover. It’s equipped with twin hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells that power an element zero core and an interchangeable READ FULL STORY…

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Mass Effect Andromeda Update 1.04 Now Out, Is 1.9GB on PS4

With Mass Effect Andromeda launching tomorrow in North America, players have revealed that update 1.04 is live on PlayStation 4 and takes up approximately 1.9GB. Just like update 1.03, the PS4’s Update History says 1.04 includes various bug fixes and stability improvements. Producer Fernando Melo touched on Mass Effect Andromeda update 1.04: PC @masseffect folks, be sure to grab latest patch (pushed out today) – fix black screen / Corsair utility, MP sound, MP F-keys issues — Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) March 20, 2017 In addition, all platforms @masseffect – landing on Ark Natanus in patch 1.04 (PC/PS4 out now, XB1 mon/tues latest) — Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) March 20, 2017 Also, some @masseffect server side data fixes incoming as we speak – should address some Challenges not being able to complete — Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) March 20, 2017 According to Melo, a detailed list of patch notes should be posted by BioWare today. For future updates, Melo says they’re looking into performance improvements in multiplayer, a way to prevent enemies from attacking when you spawn in multiplayer, and IPv6 matchmaking issues. Mass Effect Andromeda launches tomorrow in North America and on Wednesday in Europe. You can read our review over here. [Source: Fernando Melo READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

Battlefield

New Battlefield 1 Easter Egg Is Like The House From Up

Battlefield is known for its intricate easter eggs and hidden secrets. The latest hidden secret pulls directly from Disney to create a stunning and humorous sight. Advertisement With the recently release of Battlefield 1‘s latest DLC They Shall Not Pass, it was only a matter of time before easters eggs were discovered. One of the first summons a floating house high above the battle in an homage to the animated film Up. jackfrags shows it off in the video below: Like any Battlefield easter eggs, there’s a bit of a process before the easter egg triggers. Playing on the map Verdun Heights, players must find three hidden bottles of wine and shoot them all. After that, they must hunt down and locate three rooster bearing weather-vanes around the map and shoot them as well. Once done, a small house will float above the fray, carried aloft by three balloons bearing the French Tricolour flag. It’s a silly bit of fun that seems a nice shout out to one of Pixar’s best movies: Up. Plus, it’s sure to dazzle and distract your enemies on the ground and make for some READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!