Mass Effect: Andromeda begins pre-loading on March 17 for PC

EA and BioWare haven't confirmed the date yet, but a pre-order page on Origin makes mention of it.

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Mass Effect: Andromeda can be pre-loaded starting Friday, March 17, according to a page that loads after pre-ordering the game on Origin.

Pre-ordering the game causes Origin to display a page that lists the pre-load date as March 17, four days ahead of the official release date of Tuesday the 21st.

EA and BioWare have yet to confirm the pre-load date. Given that the information appears on EA's digital games platform, though, it's likely that St. Patrick's Day is when you'll be able to load Andromeda's sizable space odyssey onto your hard drive.

PC specs for Mass Effect: Andromeda have not been discussed. However, BioWare general manager Aaron Flynn did say earlier today that the game will not use a season pass. EA's approach for Andromeda follows in the mech-sized footsteps of Titanfall 2, which eschewed a season pass model in order to foster unity within the game's community.

Mass Effect: Andromeda marks the start of a new saga in BioWare's Mass Effect universe. The game launches on March 21 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

[Source: Outer Haven]

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    January 9, 2017 1:09 PM

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      January 9, 2017 1:24 PM

      As a hater of origin, going with PS4 on this one

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        January 9, 2017 1:48 PM

        Do people still hate Origin? Why? Because it's not Steam? I use it here and there, and like it just fine.

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          January 9, 2017 2:01 PM

          First off, I hate the interface. I just dont like it. I also dont want to have like half a dozen different "store apps/launcher apps" on my computer that I have to open just to play a game. I suppose I tolerate steam more because it was the first and most popular. It has the largest selection of games. I dont like that EA took their games off steam, even tho I get why they did it from a competitive standpoint. And ultimately, I dont like many EA games. I dont like a lot of things they do as a company. So its easy for me to avoid bothering with origin anyway. Mass effect is a series that I've enjoyed for roughly a decade, so I'll be getting it. Just on ps4. Since I already played the other 3 on console anyway (fucked up DRM on some of the early ME games)

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            January 9, 2017 2:05 PM

            Your computer is a launcher of apps so it's not really a big deal having different ones. I got Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, and UPlay. I go wherever got the games I want to play and the best deals. Since in the end it's all running on the same PC.

            It's also where things are likely headed with it becoming ever easier for developers to self publish and distribute and publishers to have their own store and plenty selling other parties games. It's like being able to watch shows and movies on either Netflix, HBO Now, or Amazon.

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          January 9, 2017 3:11 PM

          Let's see:
          1. It keeps my computer from going to sleep
          2. 30% of the UI is taken up with the left hand menu
          3. It doesn't default to showing me my games
          4. When going from a game to DLC, it takes 3-4 clicks to go from purchase back to the DLC list
          5. No partial bundle support.

          That's off the top of my head. If I was at my computer I'd probably have a bunch more.

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            January 9, 2017 3:34 PM

            I've never had it keep my computer from going to sleep, that would be intensely annoying. Maybe it's a configuration issue?

            The rest are all valid points though for sure.

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              January 9, 2017 4:51 PM

              It's always been a problem for me, too. PC just won't sleep if Origin is running. I've gotten into the habit of closing it when I'm done playing a game so not a big deal.

              I also have tons of problems with the overlay glitching out, breaking games, invites never working, etc. I like that they upped the friends limit to 1000, that's even better than Steam at this point, but everything else is still completely inferior.

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                January 9, 2017 4:52 PM

                Huh, well maybe I'm the lucky one then?

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            January 9, 2017 6:36 PM

            Wow. That's a damning list. I appreciate you answering my question; I've only used Origin sporadically so haven't amassed any frustrations with it.

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              January 9, 2017 10:02 PM

              Huh.. did we read the same list? Those seemed rather minor to me.

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                January 10, 2017 7:49 AM

                It's kind of a death-by-a-thousand-cuts list to me. One or two of those quibbles on their own wouldn't be much of a hassle, but having to wade through all of them most if not all the times you use the program would grow cumbersome.

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            January 9, 2017 6:49 PM

            You need 3rd party app to throttle dl's, which annoys me.

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          January 9, 2017 4:20 PM

          I want to give Origin more of a shot, but I've had numerous issues: the store front and service itself exploding under load, not processing payments correctly, product code redemption not working and having to deal with half incompetent support, having to search through the god damn universe to try and find any hint of where DLC might be, UX just sucking badly for specific tasks, strange technical glitch like it suddenly sucking up CPU cycles or refusing to close, and so on. I'm sure if I had a large enough network to give their social aspects a shot, they'd be similarly painful to use.

          I'm not opposed to single vendor stores, but Origin is nowhere near the standard set by Battle.net and Steam.

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          January 9, 2017 7:04 PM

          Nerds gonna nerd.

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      January 9, 2017 4:07 PM

      I think I'm ready for another mass effect, hopefully it won't disappoint too much