Similar to the Normandy from the original Mass Effect trilogy, players will too get their own ship in the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. It’s called the Tempest and is much smaller in scale compared to the storied starship from the previous games.
With each installment, the Normandy evolved the aspect of exploring its multiple decks. In the original Mass Effect game, players had to resort to using lifts in order to access the different levels of the ship. While there were no loading screens involved, having to wait out a trip in the lift every time proved annoying.
With Mass Effect 2, BioWare removed the lift-element to bring in loading screens. Exploration functioned the same way except players had to wait out a minor loading screen every time they had to access a new level.
Mass Effect 3 took it on a whole new level by forcing players to go through a security grid while the game loaded the section.
Mass Effect: Andromeda takes into account these experiences and hence, removes loading screens from the ship entirely. Perhaps it’s the fact that the Tempest is smaller in size and has less area to be accessed. Nonetheless, BioWare is promising players that they will be free to roam around in the ship without having to face annoying lifts or loading times.
The developer also revealed that most of the ship’s layout has been lifted off the Normandy. Those coming in from the original trilogy will be fairly familiar with the cockpit section, bridge, gallery, vehicle garage, and personal quarters. Each section of the ship can be completely customized to the player’s liking.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected to drop its first official gameplay footage during the Video Game Awards on December 1.
The game is scheduled to arrive for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in March 2017.
SOURCE Game Informer