According to a tweet from the official Bioware Twitter account, Mass Effect Andromeda has gone gold. This means a master copy of the game’s disc has been sent to the printing facilities, where physical copies of the game are to be produced. It also means the game is finished, apart from the obligatory day one patch.
In case you haven’t been following closely, Mass Effect Andromeda is an RPG set in the distant Andromeda galaxy. You’ll get to play as one of the Ryder siblings, on a quest to find a place to settle down in this new world. You’ll take on the role of pathfinder, the protector of settlers aboard your vessel. The story won’t have anything to do with commander Shepard and co, but series hallmarks like varied crew & party members, lots of dialogue options, branching storylines and alien romance.
Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold. pic.twitter.com/bNKIKNuErA— BioWare (@bioware) February 24, 2017
The old races we all know and love from previous games are making a return, but you should also expect new ones. The Andromeda galaxy is a strange place, home to strange things. Your base of operations is going to be on a spacecraft again, and you’re going to have a ground vehicle to get around more easily. The skill and class system has been redone from the ground up, so it’s going to take some getting used to.
If you’re new to the series, you’ll be glad to know you aren’t expected to know about the things that happened in the first three games. It’s a clean slate, a new world, and the knowledge you might have from the trilogy could make it more enjoyable at certain points (as it’s sure to be referenced), but it’s not necessary.
Mass Effect Andromeda is going to be released on March 21st, on PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One.