Mass Effect Andromeda, 2017’s follow-up to the best-selling game series from the Xbox 360 and PS3, was just about as highly anticipated as any game can be. Publisher EA spent years teasing the game, offering small details to whet the appetite of those that loved the three games for older consoles and were anxious to experience the same role-playing game elements. The game launched on March 30th, prompting many die-hard fans of the series to turn their attention to the possibility of a Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release in the near future.
DLC is the content extra content that you get either with a game or after. Mass Effect Andromeda is a huge title with lots to do, but that hasn’t stopped hardcore fans from burning through the content that’s included with the game. That’s why Mass effect Andromeda DLC is so important. New add-ons could add new mechanics to the game. They could include new stories for players to experience, new weapons to use and new planets for the Andromeda Initiative to colonize.
- Why You’ll Have to Pay for Mass Effect Andromeda DLC
- Mass Effect Andromeda DLC Price
- Mass Effect Andromeda DLC Release Window
- When We Might Learn More About Mass Effect Andromeda DLC
- Mass Effect Andromeda APEX Missions Are Rolling Out
Here’s what we know about the Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release and what Bioware and Electronic Arts may have on the way.
Why You’ll Have to Pay for Mass Effect Andromeda DLC
The first thing that anyone wonders about s potential Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release is price. Mass Effect Andromeda arrived on store shelves back on March 21st in three different versions. Those just trying out the series for the first time likely picked up a basic copy of the game. Super and Super Deluxe versions are available too. These latter two versions differ from the enhanced versions of other games in that they don’t come with a season pass. That is, buying either doesn’t guarantee you Mass Effect Andromeda DLC going forward, just the content that’s included with that version of the game.
In fact, EA and Bioware have confirmed that Mass Effect Andromeda DLC won’t be sold as part of a season pass. At least, the two didn’t announce such a pass before the game’s launch. This isn’t the first time that a Bioware role-playing game has launched without a season pass. 2014’s Dragon Age Inquisition didn’t have one either. All of its add-on content was later packaged with the base copy of the title for a Game of the Year version.
Mass Effect Andromeda DLC Price
If Bioware and EA are taking the same approach to Mass Effect Andromeda DLC that they took to Dragon Age Inquisition, it’s a safe bet that the game will get downloadable content packs each sold separately.
Inquisition’s content was separated into three expansions, each banking on a different theme. Trespasser, Jaws of Hakkon and The Descent. Each added huge new locations and some story-focused narrative for $14.99. They remain that price today. It’s safe to assume that any major expansions to Mass Effect Andromeda will follow this pricing structure too.
Besides the paid Mass Effect Andromeda DLC, it’s likely that gamers can look forward to updates that add new features and shore up things that are missing. Dragon Age Inquisition: Black Emporium was a piece of free add-on content that allowed users to more easily buy crafting items and change the look of their character.
Inquisition also received a number of free expansions for its multiplayer experience. It seems likely that future Mass Effect Andromeda DLC will include new content for multiplayer. Like its earlier counterpart, Andromeda’s multiplayer offers in-game currency for users to purchase. That same model allowed EA to give away Inquisition’s multiplayer upgrades.
Mass Effect Andromeda DLC Release Window
Inquisition provides a decent template for when we might see Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release too. The game arrived on store shelves in November of 2014. Its first major expansion came roughly four months later in March 2015. The Descent, another of its major expansions, arrived five months later in August 2015. September 2015 brought with it the Trespasser DLC.
The same pattern could mean that we start seeing major Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release in July 2017 or August 2017. Of course, until Bioware is ready to share its plans officially, we have no idea what the exact timing will be.
When We Might Learn More About Mass Effect Andromeda DLC
It’s still a little early for a detailed breakdown of Mass Effect Andromeda DLC release plans, but we should learn a little more about smaller updates soon. In a message posted to its Twitter profile, Bioware confirms that it plans to talk about bug fixes and “can’t wait to share more of our immediate plans” on April 4th.
— BioWare (@bioware) March 30, 2017
Mass Effect Andromeda APEX Missions Are Rolling Out
You don’t have to wait for new DLC to get more content for Mass Effect Andromeda, new multiplayer APEX mission episodes are rolling out slowly. Apex Mission 6 is set to arrive on May 15th, according to the Apex Mission area on the game’s website. Apex Missions are free.
For now, we’ll have to settle with the Mass Effect Andromeda content that we have available, but more is bound to surface. The franchise is such a big deal that not releasing Mass Effect Andromeda DLC seems like it’d be a huge waste of an opportunity to keep breathing life into a very, very important franchise.