Mass Effect: Andromeda Has Gone Gold, BioWare Says

The next chapter in BioWare's sci-fi RPG, which features a new story and protagonist, is on track for a March 21 release.


BioWare issued a tweet earlier announcing that Mass Effect: Andromeda has gone gold. In industry speak, "gone gold" means that the core game is finished and ready for mass production ahead of its slated March 21 release for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Mass Effect: Andromeda leaves Commander Shephard and her (or his) crew behind to follow a new cast of characters. Players will command Scott or Sara Ryder, a military recruit primed to explore the game's open-world environment. 

With Mass Effect: Andromeda just under a month away, BioWare wants to make sure players are ready to boldly go where no Shepard has gone before. A "Weapons Training Video" breaks down different weapon types, melee combat, and more. Earlier this week, the studio announced that Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones' Margaery Tyrell) will voice Dr. Lexi T'Perro, an Asari character.

BioWare is already looking ahead to customer support. Like Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall 2, Mass Effect: Andromeda will have DLC, but not within the confines of a season pass. Furthermore, BioWare and publisher EA are open to bringing the game to Nintendo Switch if the console—due out next Friday, March 3—proves successful.

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