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We Talk About Mass Effect: Andromeda's Turbulent Development

On this week’s episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, Jason Schreier and I spent some time discussing his lengthy reported story covering the troubled five-year development of Mass Effect: Andromeda. You can listen to that segment in the video above, and subscribe to Splitscreen on Apple Podcasts or Google Play. We’ve got a pretty cool plan for covering E3 next week, so we hope you’ll tune in. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Mass Effect Andromeda Update 1.08 Is Live, Here’s the Patch Notes

Detailed on Tuesday, Mass Effect Andromeda update 1.08 is now rolling out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To prepare for the new patch, servers will be down until 9am PT/12am ET, meaning multiplayer and Strike Teams will be unavailable. The biggest additions in 1.08 have to do with the character creator and male romance options for Scott Ryder. For the character creator, you’ll find two new heads (one male and one female), new complexion options, a greater range of skin tones, all hairstyles for both sexes unlocked, the ability to change your character’s appearance onboard the Tempest, and the ability to choose to keep the default Alec. For the expanded male romance options, Scott Ryder can now pursue Jaal. BioWare explained why this change occurred: Scott Ryder did not have a same-sex squadmate available as a romance option, nor could the achievement for completing three romances be achieved with only male same-sex partners. And as the angara have expressed their fluidity in how they perceive gender, it seemed only natural that Scott could have a relationship with Jaal. However, we understand that a character’s orientation is an important part of what makes them feel real. The relationships with your READ FULL…


The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda's Troubled Five-Year Development

In 2012, as work on Mass Effect 3 came to a close, a small group of top BioWare employees huddled to talk about the next entry in their epic sci-fi franchise. Their goal, they decided, was to make a game about exploration—one that would dig into the untapped potential of the first three games. Instead of visiting just a few planets, they said, what if you could explore hundreds? Five years later, it’s hard to find anyone who’s ecstatic with the results. Mass Effect: Andromeda, released in March 2017, disappointed even the biggest fans of BioWare’s longrunning series. Although some people enjoyed the game, it was widely pilloried, with critics slamming its uneven writing, frequent bugs, and meme-worthy animations (our own review was just lukewarm). The PS4 version of Andromeda has a 70% on Metacritic, lower than any BioWare game to date, including the ill-advised Sonic Chronicles. Almost immediately, fans asked how this happened. Why was Andromeda so much worse than its predecessors? How could the revered RPG studio release such an underwhelming game? And, even if the problems were a little exaggerated by the internet’s strange passion for hating BioWare, how could Andromeda ship with so many animation issues?…

Mass Effect Andromeda Update 1.08 Improves Character Creator, Scott Ryder’s Male Romance Options

BioWare has released patch notes for the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda update, noting that it addresses feedback from the community and, among other things, improves character creator alongside adding expanded male romance options for Scott Ryder. Here’s what you can expect from patch 1.08: Single player Ryder’s appearance can now be changed onboard the Tempest Expanded the range of options available in the character creator Jaal can now be romanced by Scott Ryder Dialogue for Hainly Abrams was adjusted to change the flow of personal information she discusses with Ryder. Fixed issue with Nomad upgrades Shield Crafting quest Nexus level and cryo pod points are retroactively granted Vendors now carry weapon mods for Level 60-71 players Vendors now sell weapon augmentations for automatic fire, burst fire, and single-shot fire Improved clarity of descriptions for augmentations Plasma Charge system now works properly for shotguns Beam Emitter augmentation now causes guns to fire a constant beam with scaling damage based on the weapon’s damage per second [PC] Added experimental support for Dolby Vision™ technology Multiplayer Stealth Grid challenge now increments properly Fiend no longer sprints when within 10 meters of target, and will decelerate to base speed Enabled movement correction during Fiend…


The Next Mass Effect Andromeda Patch Will Let Male Characters Romance Jaal

Mass Effect Andromeda’s next patch has the sort of improvements you might expect, like expanded character creation options. It also has something very unusual for a video game patch: it adds another gay romance route for lovesick space adventurers. As we reported earlier this year, there was much controversy within the LGBT Mass Effect fan community due to fewer romance options that were considered paltry next to the offerings for straight characters. The disappointment was not helped by data miner’s discovery that, at one point, it seemed as if Jaal the Angaran was available as a male romance option for male Ryders—but that didn’t make it into the full game. In patch 1.08, that’s going to change. Here’s Bioware, explaining why they’re adding this to the game: Scott Ryder did not have a same-sex squadmate available as a romance option, nor could the achievement for completing three romances be achieved with only male same-sex partners. And as the angara have expressed their fluidity in how they perceive gender, it seemed only natural that Scott could have a relationship with Jaal. However, we understand that a character’s orientation is an important part of what makes them feel READ FULL STORY AT…


Calibrate Yourself For Some Garrus Cosplay

Andromeda be damned, people still seem to prefer cosplaying as the original Mass Effect characters. Garrus especially. Garrus Cosplay Is The Perfect Mass Effect Tribute I’ve seen some quality Garrus cosplay in my time, but never something this damn impressive. Read more Cosplay by Kevin Martell, mask sculpt by Julianne Ramanujam, photos by Jonathan Ramanujam. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Mass Effect Andromeda Update 1.07 Fixes SOS Quest Crash & More

Just over a week after update 1.06, BioWare has released Mass Effect Andromeda update 1.07 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, which is “just a hotfix.” It looks like the size of the Xbox One patch is around 875MB. The PS4’s Update History only says 1.07 contains “various bug fixes and stability improvements,” but according to Producer Michael Gamble, you can expect these three notable fixes: Athletic outfit available mid-playthrough, fixed a crash with the SOS quest. Fixed >1080p UI placement. EA’s Help Forum previously listed these as the patch notes, but has since deleted them: Fixed issue where server would auto disconnect when sending strike teams on APEX missions. Fixed a crash on UNC Outlaw when nearing outpost of signal source. (Kadara S.O.S.) The Athletic Casual Outfit will now unlock for all entitled players (Deluxe edition content) Fixed an issue which prevented completion of the Nomad upgrades / Shield Crafting quest. Please travel back to the Tempest in order to trigger completion. According to a recent report, the Mass Effect series has been put on hold and developer BioWare Montreal is now a support studio. [Source: Michael Gamble (1), (2), GameSpot, EA Answers, Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!


Mass Effect: Andromeda Is Back Down To Its Lowest Price

Mass Effect Andromeda isn’t perfect, but it’s huge and ambitious, and in my opinion at least, pretty damn fun. So if you were waiting on a discount to pick up your copy, Amazon’s marked it back down to $40 on PS4 and Xbox One today, the best price we’ve seen to date. $40 From amazon 964 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission $40 From amazon 254 purchased by readersGizmodo Media Group may get a commission Mass Effect: Andromeda: The Kotaku Review Mass Effect: Andromeda sprawls and sprawls, eagerly offering you so much to see and do that it… Read more READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


Report: Mass Effect Series Put on Hold

In a new report, Kotaku says they’ve heard from four sources close to BioWare that the Mass Effect franchise is on hold. The series isn’t dead though, with the sources noting that BioWare is letting Mass Effect sit for a while rather than immediately begin work on a follow-up to Andromeda. As for BioWare Montreal, the developer of Mass Effect Andromeda, several staff were moved over to EA Motive to help work on Star Wars Battlefront II. Kotaku’s sources add that BioWare Montreal is now a support studio and will help with BioWare’s other games, including their new IP, which was recently pushed to Fiscal Year 2019. BioWare Montreal is also working on improving Andromeda. In a statement from EA to Kotaku, BioWare Montreal Studio Director Yanick Roy said there will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead, but he didn’t say if a new Mass Effect would be one of those things: Our teams at BioWare and across EA put in tremendous effort bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to players around the world. Even as BioWare continues to focus on the Mass Effect Andromeda community and live service, we are constantly looking at how we’re prepared for the next experiences we will create. The teams in EA READ FULL…

Sources: BioWare Montreal Scaled Down, Mass Effect Put On Ice For Now

In the wake of BioWare’s polarizing Mass Effect: Andromeda, fans have wondered where the lauded sci-fi series will go next. The answer, according to people familiar with the studio, is nowhere—at least for the time being. BioWare has put Mass Effect on hiatus and turned Andromeda’s developer, BioWare Montreal, into a support studio, according to four sources close to the company. Advertisement That doesn’t mean there will never be another Mass Effect game, of course. It’s unlikely that BioWare will kill the popular sci-fi franchise. But BioWare is letting Mass Effect sit for a while rather than putting staff on Andromeda’s follow-up right away, those sources said. Last month, a number of BioWare Montreal employees were transferred to the studio EA Motive, also based in Montreal, to work on Star Wars Battlefront II. Those remaining at BioWare Montreal will help support BioWare’s other games including the new intellectual property, code-named Dylan, which we expect the company to announce at E3. BioWare Montreal will also continue to patch and support Andromeda’s multiplayer. Advertisement BioWare’s main studio in Edmonton is heading up Dylan, while BioWare’s other studio, in Austin, is also helping out with that game. When reached for comment, publisher Electronic…


BioWare Fixes Mass Effect: Andromeda Bug That Let You Romance Two Companions

Alas, some glitches are too good for this world. Mass Effect: Andromeda is getting an upcoming patch that fixes all sorts of pesky bugs. For the most part, these tweaks are great! You no longer have to worry about new dialogue options being greyed out, for example. Some fixes are also kind of funny: BioWare notes that it “fixed issue where Cora slowly fell back to the ground after charging an airborne enemy.” But I can’t believe BioWare changed these things: You’re killing me, BioWare. Can’t Andromeda just be cool about what happens between three consenting adults? Just kidding. The game actually is pretty good about different types of relationships, allowing you to have casual flings alongside serious bonds with other crewmates. Still, though. Some probably consider the ability to “fully” romance two different characters a feature, not a bug, eh? Fixed issue that caused singleplayer difficulty to impact multiplayer Improved performance and stability Various improvements to cinematic scenes Fixed issue where SAM would mistakenly tell Ryder they have new email Conversation options will no longer appear “greyed out” if new content is available Improved legibility of subtitles Maximum Nexus Level increased to 29 Single player balance improvements at higher…


Mass Effect Andromeda Update 1.06 Goes Live Today Following Some Server Maintenance

At 9am PT/12pm ET, BioWare will release Mass Effect Andromeda update 1.06, which weighs in at 1.4GB on PlayStation 4. To prep for the update, Andromeda’s servers will be down for one hour beginning at 8am PT/11am ET. During that time, multiplayer and Strike Teams will be unavailable. If you’re looking for patch notes, they’ll be posted on the Mass Effect website once the update is live. According to Producer Michael Gamble, one thing you can expect is a fix for the nomad shield crafting quest. It’s possible the update will also include performance and stability improvements, as well as other bug fixes. For those who own the Mass Effect Andromeda Deluxe Edition, Gamble says the free cosmetic items for Ryder will be available today. They include “Nomad skins + Casual outfit.” If you bought Andromeda digitally, you can pay to upgrade to the Deluxe Edition through the PlayStation Store. After 1.06 is released, BioWare will “roll right onto creating the next one for you.” What are you hoping to find in today’s Mass Effect Andromeda update? [Source: Mass Effect (1), (2), Michael Gamble (1), (2), (3), (4), Fernando Melo (1), (2)] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

If The Mass Effect Games Had Kids

Early in the development of Mass Effect Andromeda, the team’s artists spent a week doing nothing but coming up with cool ideas. One of them that didn’t make it into the final game, but which was at least explored in this art, is having Mass Effect kids running around. Having children in your big open world game is a great way to make that world feel real, and alive, and lived in. The Witcher 3 did it to great effect, because anywhere you’re seeing kids is somewhere you subconsciously note is a place people live, and love, and get on with mundane daily lives. Not everyone, or everywhere you go, has to be an important place for important adults. It’s something fan artists have been playing around with for years, like you can see in the image above, and while the babies never made it into Andromeda, artist Ben Lo got some sketches for Mass Effect kids down on paper, and they’re great. Advertisement Advertisement You can see more of Ben’s art at his ArtStation page. To see the images in their native resolution, click on the “expand” button in the top-left corner. Fine Art is a celebration of the…


Why does Mass Effect: Andromeda´s female characters look so ugly? – Bioware SJW design 101

I am most likely far from the only one who has noticed that there is something very odd about the female characters in Bioware´s upcoming action/RPG game “Mass Effect: Andromeda” (the game is set for a release in March to PS4, Xbox One and PC – NA on the 21st of March, and EU on the 23rd of March). Well,… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!