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Mass Effect: Andromeda’s “handful of planets” sounds like the first game

by Ron Duwell | March 6, 2017March 6, 2017 8:30 am PDT

BioWare has released the third video in a series dedicated to the gameplay of the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, and this time we’re covering exploration. BioWare has new information regarding how Ryder and the squad get around, and it sounds like it will be bringing it all back to where the series got started.

The video makes a claim that there over a hundred planets in Mass Effect: Andromeda’s galaxy, but only “a handful of beautifully crafted worlds” will be available to land on and explore. If that sounds familiar, it’s exactly what the first Mass Effect ended up delivering. Lots of planets, only a few that are habitable.

The video shows how each planet will provide different challenges and missions, which makes it a departure from the original.

A bit of the old and a bit of the new

My guess is that Mass Effect: Andromeda will have even less planets to explore than the original Mass Effect, but as the video explains, these planets will be much larger than what we’ve come to expect. We know that BioWare had to drop open-exploration to make the two sequels work, and their linear design ultimately proved to be the correct decision.

However, Mass Effect: Andromeda now is starting to sound more like the original pitch that we got from BioWare over 10 years ago, and I’m liking every bit of it. Can’t wait to finally see if Mass Effect can take it to the next level or not.

Mass Effect: Andromeda launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 21.

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Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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