News about Mass Effect: Andromeda is continually coming forward with more light being shed on aspects of the game and its release. First reported by Dualshockers, Mass Effect: Andromeda will support HDR capabilities on the Xbox One S, PS4/PS4 Pro, and PC. The game will also not have a season pass and EA Access Members will have a chance to play the game early. Unfortunately for some, Mass Effect: Andromeda won’t support the Arabic language although a patch in the future might provide some relief.
HDR support for the game isn’t surprising as many titles going forward will start to feature this support. HDR, High Dynamic Range, makes games look more realistic providing more luminosity than normal.
Mass Effect: Andromeda having no season pass is a bit surprising, however. The current gaming landscape has seen just about every triple A title offers some type of season pass that allows players access to all additional post-release content that is developed for the game at a one-time fee. This practice, though common place now, is a controversial aspect of gaming as the practice is sometimes seen as predatory to consumers. Season passes offer more of a value now, but many times a game’s season pass won’t be worth the fee for a myriad of reasons — including content not being worth the fee, scarce information on what the season pass includes and players feeling like a game is unfinished in order for the developer to disguise already on disk content as future DLC, among other concerns. EA’s last big title, Titanfall 2, also didn’t offer a season pass so it will be interesting to see if these are just isolated incidents or the start of a trend.
The release date for the title was reported last week. According to the official website, Mass Effect: Andromeda will be releasing on March 17, 2017, in North America, and on March 23, 2017, in Europe. The game has been developed on the Frostbite game engine, with the engine being used in titles such as Battlefield 1 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. Over the holiday, developers took home what is known as a “holiday build” of the game to play the game in full to get a chance to see the game. Feedback from the holiday build was obviously very strong, as this has emboldened the people at Bioware to officially give a concrete release date.
The countdown for the highly-anticipated title has reached a fever pitch with more news releasing seemingly daily. Stay tuned for more details regarding Mass Effect: Andromeda.