As part of their continuing coverage on Mass Effect Andromeda, Game Informer today released a video interview with producer Fabrice Condominas on the gameplay elements that Mass Effect 3 influenced, specifically what they learned from the game’s multiplayer. You can view the video embedded in their article and read through the highlights here.
- Jetpacks allow for jumping and hovering and the game’s progression augments this giving players an opportunity to enhance the jetpack’s capabilities. This adds a verticality to the game that allows for more creative use of cover.
- Enemies will spawn in different places, and not always facing you. The goal is to keep the players moving and looking around in all directions constantly for enemies as well as paying attention to destructible environments. Stopping should be a meaningful activity.
- The same team is working on both single and multiplayer.
- Squad play in combat is still key to the game but as the industry has evolved so has the game, leading to a focus on speedier gameplay ala Destiny. We can anticipate it won’t be the station to station type missions we are used to.
- The focus for the game design is on the depth of Mass Effect 1 with the action of Mass Effect 3. They want players to see the depth of a full fledged narrative story as well as the opportunity to just unplug and get 20 minutes of fun in. The goals for the series haven’t changed, just the execution.
Mass Effect Andromeda has some big shoes to fill as it looks to create the foundation for a new series in the Mass Effect universe. So far this month, we’ve seen a better look at what those design principles will be. Thoughts on how it’s shaping up? Sound off in the comments! Mass Effect Andromeda will release sometime early 2017 for PS4, Xbox one and PC.
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