EA unveils the deluxe and super deluxe versions of Mass Effect: Andromeda, which both come with variants of the upcoming game’s new version of the Mako vehicle.
It has been a busy day for Mass Effect: Andromeda fans. After months of very little to go on, EA and BioWare celebrated the Mass Effect-themed N7 holiday with a huge news release that featured new Mass Effect: Andromeda trailers and more details on a game that has been quite the mystery up until this point. Sure, the shape of the game’s story still remains vague at best, but the sudden deluge of information has captivated a passionate playerbase and made Mass Effect: Andromeda a huge talking point once more.
While the biggest news on the day was definitely the release of two separate trailers detailing more of what players can expect from the Mass Effect: Andromeda universe, EA followed up with details on pre-orders and deluxe and super deluxe edition announcements for BioWare’s first Mass Effect title absent Commander Shepard – and the collector’s edition versions of the game are both intriguing and odd.
The deluxe and super deluxe editions of Mass Effect: Andromeda will both include a copy of the Nomad vehicle, which is the new game’s version of the Mako planet-explorer that fans became well acquainted with over the course of the original Mass Effect trilogy. Strangely enough, however, the deluxe and super deluxe editions of Mass Effect: Andromeda don’t actually come with a copy of the game itself by default, instead separating themselves based on the quality of their Nomad replicas instead.
The deluxe edition will feature a 1:18 scale diecast model of the Nomad alongside a steelbook case of the game – kind of a shame, really, given that the Mass Effect: Andromeda cover art is gorgeous, and the steelbook is a little plain by comparison. The super deluxe edition will feature the same steelbook case and 1:18 scale Nomad, except its version of the vehicle will also be remote controlled and controllable via iOS or Android with a dedicated app. Both versions will also include pre-order bonus items like pets, a digital soundtrack, and exclusive gear. The deluxe edition will set gamers back $100 USD, while the super deluxe comes in at a hefty $200 USD.
Both of these collector’s editions are available now for pre-order on Amazon, GameStop, and BestBuy. While it can be difficult to criticize EA and BioWare’s decision making with the game – after all, Mass Effect: Andromeda is bringing back loyalty missions – the decision to leave an actual copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda out of the collector’s editions seems bizzare. It’s likely a move that will be met with its fair share of criticism from fans as well, and it will be interesting to see if there’s enough discussion to make EA and BioWare reconsider the structure of these collector’s editions depending on their reception.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC in spring 2017.