Yesterday, developer BioWare released a new gameplay video for Mass Effect: Andromeda highlighting the exploration gamers will enjoy in the game. At the time, the developer also revealed that players will have a chance to discover over 100 planets in the game, though only a handful will be available for exploration.
While 100 planets in Mass Effect: Andromeda doesn’t sound over-the-top when compared to the vastness of space present in No Man’s Sky, it’s still a healthy number of planets for players to find. The few planets players can land on and explore will be filled with unique and interesting story, characters, and challenges.
The focus on quality rather than quantity will undoubtedly be a welcomed focus for gamers as they make their way through Mass Effect: Andromeda. While many developers are focusing their efforts on creating expansive worlds filled with little to do, others like BioWare are looking to keep each experience unique and entertaining.
Concerning the planets that players can’t explore, recent revelations from BioWare seem to hint at a return of the planet scanning capabilities of Mass Effect 2. In that title, players could search out planets and scan them for resources. With over 100 planets in Mass Effect: Andromeda and only a handful available for exploring, this is likely the way players will interact with the remaining planets.
As the release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda nears, BioWare will likely continue the marketing push for the space-exploration title. Despite all that’s already been shared, there’s still plenty left to learn about the game and the experience that’s waiting for players. Now that Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold, it’s just a matter of waiting before gamers will be exploring and enjoying the wonderful worlds available in the game.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to release March 21, 2017, for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.