There are two things you can take for certain these days. The first one is that there will be some Mass Effect news. The second one is that any new game will feature day-one or pre-order bonuses. And when you put your hands together, you get Mass Effect Andromeda pre-order bonuses and various editions.
The Special Edition DLC seems to consist of various post-launch updates that only you get, such as the Deep Space Explorer Armor or a skin for the Nomad. Boosters for multiplayer are included as well. These DLCs are part of the Deluxe and the Super Deluxe editions. Now, to try and make sense of it, here’s a short overview:
- Standard Edition – your game and not much more
- Deluxe Edition – the game, Multiplayer Deluxe Launch Pack, digital soundtrack, equipment sets (retail Deluxe Edition ships with a Nomad model)
- Super Deluxe Edition – no one knows what it really holds, but probably everything that the Deluxe does plus more
- Collector’s Edition – not only does it contain a remote control Nomad and costs a whopping $200, but it also does not contain the game itself. Go figure.
Bioware seems to be hellbent to sell you on multiplayer in this edition. Not that it was bad or anything in the previous iterations, but there is a large subset of players who enjoy Mass Effect for the soapy SF opera that it is. At least the SP rewards from MP mission can still be reaped via your Strike Team, so you will not have to play multiplayer if it is not your cup of tea.
Mass Effect Andromeda will be out on March 21 in USA and March 23 in Europe, on PC, PS4/PS4 Pro and Xbox One. Unlike Shadow of War, there is still no word on a potential Scorpio release.