Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, Mass Effect Andromeda was released just two weeks ago to waves of negative feedback. Many criticized the plethora of technical issues and ridiculous facial animations, especially considering the game is a triple A title rumored to have cost $40 million to produce. After acknowledging this, Bioware have issued a statement saying that after poring over all the comments and feedback, they will be releasing a patch for Mass Effect Andromeda this Thursday to address some of the issues. Full patch notes here. Some of these include:
- 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 Ryder’s movements when running in a zig zag pattern
- Improving matchmaking and latency in multiplayer
Bioware also state that over the next two months, they will be releasing more patches that will seek to solve some of the deeper issues with Mass Effect Andromeda. For example:
- 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
Hopefully these changes will be substantial, and even though it’s too late to alter the game’s middling review scores, those of us who chose to pick up our copies of Mass Effect Andromeda later than release day will enjoy the benefits of avoiding this early rocky period.
Do you think this is too little too late for the latest Mass Effect game? Or is it admirable that Bioware have taken the criticism and will do something about it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.