Play as much as you want… but not too much.
The March 21 / 23 release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda is looming, but the game will be available on EA / Origin Access on March 16. BioWare has given us an idea of what to expect from the limited time trial.
First of all, the story is gated so you won’t be able to get past a certain point, however according to Andromeda producer Fernando Melo, you can spend the entire 10 hour trial replaying sections of the single player if you want.
Last week BioWare had to cancel its planned multiplayer tech test, but as well as the single player, you’ll be able to access the multiplayer in the trial period. Melo also introduced fans to the game’s multiplayer “Missions,” which are “your link between multiplayer and single player,” and by completing the missions you’ll receive rewards in both.
These rewards can also be obtained by your AI strike teams, however they’ll only bring back single player rewards.
Loot boxes will contain random items, although BioWare hasn’t stated exactly what will be found inside yet. Melo also went on to say that there won’t be any microtransactions in the single player portion of the game.
This month’s IGN First is none other than Mass Effect: Andromeda, so stay tuned for all the info as we head towards launch.
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