It’s been two weeks now since Mass Effect: Andromeda was released, and things…have not gone quite as hoped. The game’s numbers have been solid, but initial critical response was poorer than expected. It hasn’t been a complete disaster, but the incredibly high expectations were not being met. And while a game being released with its fair share of problems is nothing new, we thankfully live in a time where many of these problems can be remedied. Something that developer BioWare is indeed working on.
The company has posted a lengthy update in which they detail some of the improvements that will be made in upcoming patches beginning with one tomorrow. You can read all about these fixes below.
BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn released the update. Here’s what he had to say:
Itâ€™s been two weeks since the launch of Mass Effectâ„¢: Andromeda and weâ€™re thankful to the millions of you who have already joined us on this journey. And though the game is now in your hands, itâ€™s really just the beginning.
Since launch, our team has been poring over your comments and feedback, looking to discover what you like about the game, as well as areas we can evolve or improve.
This Thursday, weâ€™ll release a new patch that addresses technical fixes (crashes, improved performance), but also adds a number of improvements weâ€™ve heard you ask for, such as:
Allowing you to skip ahead when travelling between planets in the galaxy map
Increasing the inventory limits
Improving the appearance of eyes for humans and asari characters
Decreasing the cost of remnant decryption keys and making them more accessible at merchants
Improving localized voice over lip sync
Fixing Ryderâ€™s movements when running in a zig zag pattern
Improving matchmaking and latency in multiplayer
There are many more adjustments being made, all of which you can find in our patch notes.
Over the next two months weâ€™ll be rolling out additional patches which will go even deeper and look to improve several areas of the game:
More options and variety in the character creator
Improvements to hair and general appearance for characters
Ongoing improvements to cinematic scenes and animations
Improvements to male romance options for Scott Ryder
Adjustments to conversations with Hainly Abrams
These upcoming patches will also address performance and stability issues. And weâ€™re looking at adding more cosmetic items to single player for free.
For multiplayer, over the same timeframe, weâ€™re going to continue to build on the APEX missions that have been running since launch. Weâ€™ll be adding new maps, characters, and weapons. On Thursday, we kick off the first of three new chapters centered around The Remnant Investigation.
This is just a taste of whatâ€™s in store as we continue to support Mass Effect: Andromeda. And as always, you all play an important role in that. We want to hear from you about your experiences, both what you love about the game and what youâ€™d like to see changed. Weâ€™re listening, and weâ€™re committed to partnering with you as we continue to explore the Andromeda galaxy together.
Hereâ€™s to a great journey,
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