Despite what recent discouraging reports have claimed, Electronic Arts is not ready to abandon Mass Effect: Andromeda this early in its life.
A new trailer teases the arrival of a new “Platinum” difficulty mode for the multiplayer component, which will introduce a new challenge for players undertaking the Apex missions. Details are scarce, and the developer is only stating that the increased difficulty will force players to “take your skills to the next level” or perish.
For those unaware, the Apex missions in Mass Effect: Andromeda need to be completed online with a squad. Currently, the game only offers Bronze, Silver, and Gold designated missions. The Platinum tier will be for those who find the present setup a bit too easy.
The developer is also teasing a new race for Mass Effect Andromeda, called the Batarians. They were notable in the original trilogy but were nowhere to be found in the latest installment. Perhaps the specie will be part of a single-player expansion pack, and which will introduce a new zone for players to explore.
The news about upcoming content arrives just days after reports began surfacing that BioWare and Electronic Arts have cancelled paid downloadable content packs for the game. Prior to this, there were already rumors that the franchise has been put on a hiatus following a lukewarm reception. This was backed by the fact that majority of the development team of Mass Effect: Andromeda has been shifted to other projects. This leaves behind a relatively small team, which can only push out minor gameplay fixes and perhaps a few additions to the multiplayer module.
Mass Effect: Andromeda released on March 21 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It bore the weight of a lot of promises but failed to deliver in many aspects.