Mass Effect Andromeda’s Latest Gameplay Series Video Is All About Exploration and Discovery

March 3, 2017Written by Jason Dunning

In the third Official Gameplay Series video for Mass Effect Andromeda, BioWare focuses on Exploration and Discovery, giving you a look at more gameplay, the Galaxy Map, the world of Elaaden, the Nomad (and its upgrades), how to wake up colonists from cryo-sleep, and more.

“Each world visited will have its own story, characters, and – of course – challenges,” BioWare says. “In our gameplay video above, the world we’re visiting is Elaaden. When you explore the opening landing area, called Paradise, you’ll quickly discover that the heat on Elaaden can be deadly, that water is scarce, and that mysterious ancient artifacts are scattered across the landscape, guarded by dangerous remnant creatures. To make a life on Elaaden, you have to be desperate – or krogan.”

BioWare’s lengthy blog post about Exploration and Discovery also explains how you’ll be able to create fast travel points:

While exploring, one of your objectives will be to discover locations where you can call down Forward Stations. Once found, each of these Forward Stations acts as a fast travel point, allowing you to change your loadout or call the Nomad if it gets lost or destroyed. It also allows you to resupply, while protecting your team from any environmental hazards.

In some locations, like the dunes on Elaaden, you’ll be exposed to localized and/or global hazards, such as extreme temperatures. The Pathfinder and the Nomad are both separately outfitted with Life Support systems that help protect against these hazards, but once these systems run out of energy, you’ll need to find a safe location or a Forward Station to recharge them.

Mass Effect Andromeda releases on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If you don’t mind spoilers, IGN has uploaded the first 13 minutes:

And here’s a look at the Mass Effect Andromeda PS4 disc:

[Source: Mass Effect, IGNAurélien André]