Mass Effect: Andromeda is one of the titles in 2017 that fans are dying to get ahold of. The Mass Effect series already has a following that amasses incredible quantities so with the newest title ramping up and releasing soon, fans were all ready to go for their hands on experience with the Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer beta. However, there is some sad news to players who wanted to access the Mass Effect: Andromeda beta to show off their skills off the bat… It’s been cancelled. Yepp, the Andromeda multiplayer beta is no more and will not be.
For a large majority of Mass Effect fans, they will have all eyes on the Mass Effect: Andromeda campaign and narrative, so multiplayer may not be too much of a factor to players but a lot of people were looking forward to playing with friends as well via multiplayer. Betas are always a great way to hype a game and a great way to engage fans in the development process. It allows them to directly communicate anything they deem necessary for changing all while getting hands on experience before the game’s public launch. We can’t name any beta that wasn’t a fun experience for what it was (surely you’ll have come across a game you couldn’t stand, but the concept of a beta especially for a game you enjoy is always a good thing).
BioWare’s producer Fernando Melo took to Twitter to announce that the multiplayer beta was cancelled. With the beta set to open up relatively close to now, it came as a shock to some fans. What’s even more upsetting for players who were excited to try out the multiplayer in Mass Effect: Andromeda is that there was no real reasoning granted at the time. Surely, 140 characters is tough to describe detailed development choices, but Melo simply mentioned that there was a “long story” behind the beta cancellation. He also mentioned that he and the team felt it was the “right decision for how close we are to live”.
The bright side to all of this is that we still ended up getting a sneak peak at multiplayer a bit further, though not via our own experiences. Melo shared screenshots of the multiplayer character selection and customization screens. This also goes as the first, on the record assessment that we can play as non-human characters and races in multiplayer, which was a burning question for some fans and players. It’s cool to see that this is the first time we are able to do this in the Mass Effect series.
So with all things considered, though we didn’t exactly come away with a win in this situation, it is what the developers deemed best for the game and we can’t do anything about that now. With Mass Effect: Andromeda launching within the next three weeks, we still have a lot to look forward to though we personally cannot get our hands on Mass Effect: Andromeda at this very moment. Betas are always a fun time, but this should not take away from the pure and utter epic gameplay that awaits us in that short time frame. The galaxy is nearly ours to explore, take and of course… bang in. Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on March 21st for Xbox One, PS4 and PC consoles.