The early trial of Mass Effect: Andromeda for EA Early Access and Origin members has certainly thrown some interesting curveballs, with the title's awkward facial animations drawing plenty of comment to say the least. However, one less noted criticism from the trial of the game is that there is no quick save feature for players. Now, producer Michael Gamble has confirmed that the feature could be on the cards in the future - but that it will not be available on day one.
This may come as something of a surprise for those gamers ready to fully explore Mass Effect: Andromeda, given that it's something of a standard part of gaming and has been used in previous games in the Mass Effect series. However, quizzed on the lack of quick save on Twitter, Gamble advised that BioWare is looking into it, but there is no confirmation that quick save is definitely on the way.
Hopefully, it's something that will be available in future - after all, given the amount of non-action moments in the Mass Effect games, there's the potential for an in-game death to result in having to go back through plenty of exploration, loot-collecting, and extensive NPC dialogue sections. For PC gamers at launch, however, that F5 key press isn't going to do what it does for other titles.
We are totally looking at it. It won't be day 1, but its something we are investigating— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) March 17, 2017
One look at the game's community also suggests that BioWare should aim to get quick save into the game pronto. Over on the Mass Effect Subreddit, the lack of options for quick save or for manual saving during a priority mission have been noticed, so its addition would certainly be well-received by the game's player base.
The addition of a quick save option is not the only criticized part of the early trial that will not have an immediate fix. The facial animation issues, too, will not be corrected in time for Mass Effect: Andromeda's launch, with BioWare instead stating it's too late for a day one patch addition and that the contents of future patches is yet to be determined.
That said, it would be wise for BioWare to listen to the feedback of this trial, as well as what comments come out of the game's commercial launch. After all, Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be something of a long-haul experience, so offering up tweaks to make the experience as great as it can be will make it all the sweeter for players.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch on March 21, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.