Look, I know there’s at least a few of you out there into Mass Effect multiplayer. Surely. For you little lot there’s some good news - the Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer beta test will likely be kicking off this very month.
That’s according to Ian Frazer, lead designer on Mass Effect Andromeda, who, when asked “Do you think we'll be hearing anything about theMP test before the end of the month?”, replied “Odds are good.” Which sounds quite like a yes to me.
The downside to all this is that, as previously revealed, the Mass Effect 4 MP beta will be a console exclusive. BioWare has decided to skip PC testing altogether, for whatever reasons. If you happen to have either a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One however, you can still register your interest over on BioWare Beacon.
As for what the Mass Effect Andromeda multiplayer is going to provide, it appears to be a continued of the wave-based co-operative horde mode from Mass Effect 3. From the sounds of things it’s going to be more tied to the single-player than before though, letting players seamlessly switch between MP and SP in a way which fits the campaign narrative. If you want to do it all on your tod then you can do that as well; Mass Effect Andromeda’s Strike Team mode is playable entirely solo.
"There's a system that we use called the Strike Team system, and fundamentally it allows you to go between singleplayer and multiplayer within the game," said BioWare’s Mike Gamble to Kotaku. "And it's packaged around a meta-story of what's going on in Helios."
With any luck we should find out plenty more once Mass Effect Andromeda’s multiplayer beta goes live. Failing that, the full game is due to launch on March 21st in NA and March 23rd in Europe, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.