The prices of Mass Effect: Andromeda's microtransactions have leaked ahead of the game's release. UK retailer ShopTo.net appears to have prematurely posted about the game's multiplayer micropayments, revealing the price points for the premium currency.
In several retail listings, the retailer confirms that the microtransactions will be called "Andromeda Points." According to the description provided by the retailer, these points can then be used "instead of the earned in-game currency to obtain new Multiplayer packs, which contain items used in the Multiplayer mode."
While the blurb doesn't disclose exactly what kind of goodies the packs contain, this is in line with previously confirmed information about Mass Effect: Andromeda microtransactions. The game's developer BioWare said that the game would offer card packs and that players could speed up the unlock process by paying outright.
Thanks to the ShopTo listings, those looking forward to Mass Effect: Andromeda also have a more clear idea of how much they will have to pay for the privilege. Andromeda Points can be purchased in packs of 500 to packs of 12,000. The prices are in pound sterling (British currency) but at the current exchange rate, that means that players in the United States could be paying between $5 and $100 to unlock those multiplayer card packs a little sooner.
Unfortunately the leak doesn't clarify everything about the Andromeda Points and BioWare and EA (the game's publisher) have yet to address some of the biggest concerns that fans have about the microtransactions. Specifically, some are concerned that Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer will be pay to win as a result of the in-game payments and that gameplay will be unbalanced, giving those who can afford it a huge advantage over players who cannot.
Although many players will accept that the microtransactions are part of the necessary business model, especially as the game's multiplayer maps are free, the apprehension is understandable. Other games have left fans feeling as though they are being forced to fork out just to get the best experience of the game and so it makes sense that some are fearful that the upcoming BioWare RPG will avoid the same mistakes.
Mass Effect: Andromeda releases March 21, 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.