Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Tech Test Cancelled

Multiplayer will still be shown at PAX East, but you won't be able to play at home.

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Mass Effect fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, some hoping to sate their cravings before the game comes out with a planned tech test that developer BioWare had been taking signups for since November. Unfortunately, it appears the tech test will no longer happen.

"While we will have live multiplayer at PAX East, there will no longer be a multiplayer tech test for players at home," BioWare said in a blog post. "Thank you to everyone who signed up. We look forward to seeing you in Andromeda."

PAX East is March 10-12, so players who happen to be in Boston will be able to get some multiplayer hands-on time on the 12 PCs BioWare will have at their booth. Different character kits will be available each day for the co-op experience. The Microsoft booth will have Mass Effect: Andromeda on Xbox One units as well..

But the cancellation of the tech test opens up the possibility that multiplayer may not quite be ready for a full test in the wild before the game is released on March 21. The game has already gone gold, although that doesn't have the same meaning as it once did given that patches can happen even before the game hits shelves.

The BioWare team will be holding a Q&A with fans at PAX East, which will be streamed live on the convention's official Twitch channel. Hopefully someone will ask them why they cancelled the tech test. 

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    March 1, 2017 3:45 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Tech Test Cancelled

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      March 1, 2017 3:47 PM

      O_O ATTN pax east people you have to tell us what the deal is

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        March 1, 2017 3:52 PM

        I'm going to be too busy to wait in line for 5 hours, so it will have to be someone else, but hopefully you'll get the informational goods.

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          March 1, 2017 5:32 PM

          RAPTOR PLZZZZ

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            March 1, 2017 5:35 PM

            Also, as if raptor has to wait in any plebeian lines SHEESH

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              March 1, 2017 5:43 PM

              Hahahaha, you keep thinkin' that. I'm not a celebrity, industry titan, show bigwig, or even scheduled press; ain't no one gonna let me skip a line.

              Besides, even if I could, I would feel guilty doing it.

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                March 1, 2017 5:54 PM

                You dress like John Wick. The suggestion here writes itself. Say "I have a pencil" and there won't even be a line to skip

                GET ER DUN

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                  March 1, 2017 10:14 PM

                  A fuckin' pencil

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                  March 2, 2017 12:51 AM

                  That reminded me so much of the one Xena ep where it's all about how she can kill people with a toothpick.

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                    March 2, 2017 1:24 PM

                    Which raises the question, when were toothpicks invented?

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      March 1, 2017 3:56 PM

      This is my shocked face. https://i.imgur.com/AIHMVl7.jpg

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      March 1, 2017 3:56 PM

      They saw peoples reaction to the IGN video and are furiously working on a patch to add dialogue that doesn't sound like it's from an angsty teenage kids show.

      Buffy the Vampire Effect?

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        March 1, 2017 4:01 PM

        I think they're just focused on polishing the game with a day 1 patch and follow-up patches. It seems like the same problem they had with DAI multiplayer, it was a secondary priority to the bugs in the single player game that needed fixing.

        I just hope the multiplayer is in a better state than DAI's was at launch (LOL, who am I kidding).

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          March 1, 2017 4:18 PM

          man thats something i completely forgot about. so how was it after launch?

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            March 1, 2017 4:23 PM

            The multiplayer in DAI was a mess on launch. The single player (specifically on consoles) was clearly their focus of testing, but it had performance and graphical bugs in addition to quests that would break.

            On top of that the KB&M experience in DAI was pretty subpar until they did some patches to add more features and fix QoL issues. It took months before the game was reasonably polished, and AFAIK the multiplayer never got the attention it needed to make it enjoyable.

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        March 1, 2017 4:05 PM

        Pffffffft, like there's ever scripted dialog of any importance in grindy multiplayer.

        Well, maybe in MMOs? But all that's instanced repeatable narrative that you probably read on the wiki because no one is paying attention during the game itself, "More DOTs!"

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          March 1, 2017 4:31 PM

          No I'm implying the entire team is too busy working on fixing that atrocious dialogue to even focus on the MP.

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            March 1, 2017 4:33 PM

            Ohhhhh gotcha, gotcha.

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              March 1, 2017 6:16 PM

              The correct Mass Effect :A response would be "Sweet lol! <giggle>"

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      March 1, 2017 4:09 PM

      FUCK WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN FUCK

      FUCK

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      March 1, 2017 4:15 PM

      Considering how late the announcement is, Im going to assume it's gonna be broken on launch.

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        March 1, 2017 4:19 PM

        Hopefully the metrics/feedback they get from the early access stuff lets them get fixes out sooner rather than later.

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        March 1, 2017 4:24 PM

        Yeah, this announcement and the recent trailer and gameplay they've shown doesn't instill a lot of confidence. I really hope I'm totally wrong, as I enjoyed ME3 and DAI despite their issues.

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      March 1, 2017 4:33 PM

      Man, I just remembered this was a "consoles only" test and now that I have a PS4 they canceled it, SAD!

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      March 1, 2017 7:43 PM

      boo :(