Mass Effect: Andromeda gets second pre-release patch, fixing multiplayer sound

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Update March 20, 2017: Mass Effect: Andromeda has received another patch.

Reviews for Mass Effect: Andromeda have dropped, with technical concerns a common thread. Some of these were addressed in a day one patch, but Bioware aren’t resting on their laurels - another update has just been pushed to PC.

Watch Ben and Matt play through Mass Effect: Andromeda's first hour.

Lead designer Ian Frazier confirmed the news on Twitter in response to a fan who’d noted a new download in Origin. Annoyingly, there don’t seem to be any official patch notes, but producer Fernando Melo mentioned a few specifics - the patch focuses on fixing issues with positional sound and the melee key in multiplayer, and an issue where software from peripheral makers Corsair would cause a black screen.

Though the game isn't out yet, subscribers to Origin Access have been enjoying a pre-release trial. This thread on Reddit has been piecing together the new patch's improvements based on changes to that trial.

Frazier promises more patches to come, so here's hoping that the technical issues reviewers have identified are only temporary.

Speaking of, you can find out what we thought of Bioware's latest effort here.

Original story March 17, 2017: We knew that Mass Effect: Andromeda was getting a day one patch, but we didn’t know for sure when it would be applied. Lead designer Ian Frazier has just answered that question, tweeting out that the day one patch is live now, so if you’ve been playing the Origin access trial, you’ve been playing with the patch.

Here’s Frazier delivering the news from the live support team:

Though reviews for Bioware’s space opera have not yet been published, several early previews - including our own - raised issues with character animations and other technical points. Since we first got to try the game back in February, Bioware say they have fixed over 5,000 bugs, with more presumably having been squashed in the day one patch.

Now that the patch is live, any further fixes will be made post-launch, as Frazier also confirms. So when you read a review, or if you’re playing the trial right now, technical observations will reflect the state of the game when it launches. That's on Thursday if you're in the UK, or Tuesday if you're in the States - check our release post for exact times.

In the conversation beneath his tweet, Frazier suggests further bug fixes, and "possibly" improvements to character creation, will be applied after launch. He also links to a troubleshooting page if you're having issues.

Are you playing the trial? Are you enjoying it, or do you want to see more changes before you'll commit your money? Let us know in the comments.

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Deadite avatarJezcentral avatarnu1mlock avatarBen Barrett avatarSalvadorBrumov avatarZhorge avatar
Deadite Avatar
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1 Week ago

I did enjoy the trial. This game has a shit ton of flaws but the overall package seems like an enjoyable sci-fi romp. There's no miracle patch that can fix the facial animations or dodgy writing though some of the odd quirks might get smoothed out.

It's going to be a case of whether or not you are willing to overlook the rough edges on this one.

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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1 Week ago

One thing it's made me note as I finish off an ME3 playthrough is these games have never had good lip-sync or animations. Shepard runs like the Reapers are giving him constant brown trouser time.

The writing is much more of a worry. Not every line in the trilogy is stellar, but I think there's less cringe moments.

I'm all of two hours into Andromeda, however, so not exactly ready to judge yet. Reviews will be incredibly interesting, but it's not the instant classic 10/10 or big surprise hit we're starting to get a little used to in 2017. A shame, but I expect I'll enjoy it a lot anyway.

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Jezcentral Avatar
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1 Week ago

Exactly. And I think Bioware are suffering from butting up against the Uncanny Valley. I'm also very interested to see what CDProject are doing for Cyberpunk 2077. They are the only other people I can think of that are doing facial animation at this detail and frequency.

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SalvadorBrumov Avatar
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1 Week ago

Agreed -- but their mistake was not grappling with it.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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1 Week ago

I greatly enjoyed all previous Mass Effect games and all previous Dragon Age games (yes, including Dragon Age 2, though I might be in the minority there).

None of them are perfect and all of them have lots of faults, but I thoroughly enjoyed them despite their flaws. I'm hoping I can say the same for Andromeda.

I'm currently downloading the game through Origin Access, so I'm guessing I'll know for sure soon.

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Zhorge Avatar
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1 Week ago

It doesn't matter how many patches they do as the writing is dodgy. Add it that it is giving me the DA:I MMO-Feature vibe, only worse, I think I'll be passing.

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