Gamers looking forward to playing multiplayer in Mass Effect: Andromeda will be happy to know that Aaryn Flynn, BioWare's general manager, has confirmed the games multiplayer maps will be playable free of charge. The announcement was made on Twitter after a fan of the upcoming game asked the exec whether Mass Effect: Andromeda would feature free maps, like in Mass Effect 3, or paid ones like seen in other EA games such as Battlefield 1.
Flynn's exact word were that the Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer experience would be "just like ME3," which likely means that while maps will be free, players will still have the option to buy weapon and armor upgrades that should give them an edge over their fellow players. How the recently announced loot boxes for Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer fit into this scheme is as yet unknown, but there is a strong possibility that there will be some interaction there.
Flynn's answers to Mass Effect: Andromeda fans concerning multiplayer seem to be part of BioWare's new launch strategy of continually teasing small details regarding much-anticipated features of the game over Twitter. Less than a week ago, producer Fernando Melo teased that female krogans would be selectable in Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer, while the story concerning the loot boxes broke much the same way.
The best part of this strategy is seeing how the devs of the game are taking such obvious pleasure in whipping up enthusiasm for their game, which isn't due to come out for another two weeks but already has kept fans busy speculating over which options will be available to them and how events in the faraway Helios cluster will pan out. With Mass Effect: Andromeda already gone gold and a day-one patch in the works, the new installment of the sci-fi franchise is only two weeks away. It promises to be an exciting romp through the galaxy and if multiplayer is free, that can only make it better.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available on March 21st for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.