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Bioware Talks Mass Effect Andromeda Current Gen Enhancements, Possible Release For Scorpio And More
Mass Effect Andromeda will be the first game in the series to not release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Now Bioware has revealed some details about the game being released for the current gen consoles and talked about the likelihood of the game to come to Xbox One Scorpio and Nintendo Switch.
Speaking with Stevivor, BioWare’s Michael Gamble said that a perfect example of current gen enhancements for the game is the Galaxy map. In previously games, the Galaxy map was in a 2D format.
He added that in Mass Effect Andromeda the Galaxy map is totally different. Also, players will be able to see things like stars and black holes from the Tempest as they navigate through space.
In Andromeda, that’s totally different. You look up the windscreen of the Tempest, and space is rendered in front of you 180 degrees. If you go to the back of the Tempest, you’ll see that the star that’s behind the ship is actually there, reflecting light beautifully on the conference room in the Tempest.
He further added that as the players make their way to a new area the effects will be different and it is quite exciting what current gen tech allows us to do.
Then, as you fly to a different area with a black hole, you see those effects things differently. I’m kind of nerding out visually on it, but next-gen allows us to do all that kind of stuff, and do really cool things that, for players who care about that stuff, it’s all technically correct.
Mass Effect Andromeda will also be supporting the Sony’s upgraded console, PlayStation 4 Pro. However, Gamble did not specify what enhancements we will see in the game for the upgraded console and assured that further details will be revealed in coming months.
In the world of PS Pro, we do similar things where we say, ‘Okay, what are the strengths of the console, and how can we optimize to make that experience best for players?’ In terms of PS Pro, we’ll probably talk more technical about that in January or February.
As for the Microsft’s upcoming console, Xbox One Scorpio, Gamble said that Mass Effect Andromeda is currently not planned for the console but hinted that the game might release for the console in the future.
He also shot down the idea of Mass Effect Andromeda releasing for Nintendo Switch saying when the console releases and fans want the game for the console then the studio might consider it.
Mass Effect Andromeda is an open-world action RPG in development at Bioware and will launch in March 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Also, a trilogy of Mass Effect novels will launch in 2017.