Mass Effect Andromeda What We Know And Speculative System Requirements

Written by Felix Nova on Sun, Jul 19, 2015 5:30 PM
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Mass Effect Andromeda is due out towards the end of next year and while it is a somewhat secretive AAA at the moment, we still know a few space-foil wrapped nuggets of information.

Below you will find the collective of what we know about Mass Effect Andromeda at this early stage, although in terms of time, we are probably around 70% through its development cycle.

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Mass Effect Andromeda Release Period: Holiday 2016

Platforms Mass Effect Andromeda is available on: PC, PS4 XBox One

Mass Effect Andromeda full development began: 2012

Mass Effect Andromeda Background: Little is known regarding the story so far, but Andromeda will likely be set in another galaxy from the original ME trilogy. It has been suggested that Andromeda will borrow a lot from the Dragon Age Inquisition UI systems. Due to the exploratory nature of DA:I the implications are that Mass Effect Andromeda will be focused around a lot of space exploration. Where we can expect the player to be hoping from planet to planet. With a huge galaxy map shown off in teaser trailers and scanner facilities that can be used to explore planets visited for possible resources.

What we know about Mass Effect Andromeda

  • Set in the usual Mass Effect Universe
  • Players will not be Commander Shepard
  • The player will travel the universe and discover worlds again
  • The player can be male or female, but only human
  • The M35 Mako will return and be enhanced
  • The story is set far away from the original trilogy story
  • The story will be a completely new, unrelated story to the original series
  • A variety of planet terrain types will feature
  • While Andromeda is unrelated to the original Mass Effect trilogy, there have been hints that hanging on to previous ME save games could prove useful
  • For added immersion, perhaps you will hear reports of Shepard's exploits from across the galaxy and these could be based around your previous ME save game, if you have one
  • Krogans will feature in Mass Effect Andromeda
  • The player will likely be another N7 agent

 

 

 

Mass Effect Andromeda Game Engine

The Mass Effect Trilogy that came before Andromeda were built on the Unreal 3 Engine. Mass Effect Andromeda will be built and played using DICE's Frostbite 3 engine. Modified and enhanced specifically for Mass Effect.

Mass Effect Andromeda Minimum System Requirements (Speculative)

  • OS: Windows 7 or Windows 8 and above - 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-560 3.3GHz / AMD Phenom II X4 805
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU VRAM: 1GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 650 Ti / AMD Radeon HD 6850
  • HD: 35 GB Free Hard Drive Space (speculative download size)
  • DX: DirectX 11

 

Mass Effect Andromeda Recommended System Requirements (Speculative)

  • OS: Windows 10 - 64bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz / AMD Phenom II X6 1090T
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU VRAM: 2GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 670 / AMD Radeon R9 280
  • HD: 35 GB Free Hard Drive Space (speculative download size)
  • DX: DirectX 12

The requirements are speculative at this point. They are based on increased requirement trends for similar games built on the same game engine. This data is extrapolated on time. Other factors are then thrown into the mix, including potential benefits taken from DX 12 gaming, should that prove to be as supportive of games as it claims it will be. So we feel at this point Mass Effect will be a combination of user interfaces lifted from Dragon Age Inquisition, with a whole heap of added visuals to create a modern depiction of a living galaxy, where we can visit the myriad of planets. With that in mind the hard space requirement might be bigger than displayed.

PC CPU capability has not been fully tapped for a few years prior to the new consoles hitting the market and by the time Andromeda arrives we will be in full flow of a new generation of CPUs, where big developers will be able to make some real use of it.

By the end of 2016 I actually think the RAM requirement could be even higher than 8GB. I have personally already experienced a couple of games that would not run when I had 8GB, forcing me to double up my standard system memory to 16GB, to get the game to run. Once I did that, the two games in question didnt actually use more than 8GB RAM so i wasnt too sure why they were being so picky, but I certainly think 8GB RAM will be min to recommended for almost every new game released by mid to late 2016.

This data is put together to give us a look at one potential set of Mass effect Andromeda system requirements. Formed through mathematical means, based on a comprehensive database of existing hardware numbers and frame rates, with a twist of personal insight, derived from my many years of looking at this stuff and building a website to share this type of information.

In short, the requirements are entirely up for debate, and its here to give us all a good jumping off point to get the Mass Effect party started. So share your thoughts and details but as always please remember to consider everyone else's views as well.

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01:25 Jul-21-2015

i think the only reason the ram req goes up is to avoid starving the OS etc
personally as a power user I built a rig that in 2012 seemed overkill for gaming (16GB ram vs 4-8) i7 vs i5/3, but i think that has paid off well (bar the GTX560)

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13:32 Jul-20-2015

And who is creating this " requirements" ?
They just throw dice or what, because its totally random
i3-560 is 2 core
phenom is quad core
gtx650ti is lot faster that older 6850

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14:45 Jul-20-2015

i3 has 4 logical cores because of HP so it can run as a quad core

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17:16 Jul-20-2015

But why that time difference? phenom is from 2009

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18:20 Jul-20-2015

The Phenom II CPUs actually have better single core performance than the FX series. I am guessing that is why. FX series is better for multi core tasks but worse for single core tasks.

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22:28 Jul-20-2015

Phenom 2 is liked by synthetic benchmarks as its lot closer to intel design than FX cluster tech

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05:13 Jul-20-2015

Thats great the requirements are almost exactly my new build

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05:53 Jul-20-2015

well, it is speculative so it is till to be seen :p however frobite 3 usually has reasonable system requirements so your spec should be fine :)

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12:32 Jul-20-2015

Yeah dude!
Me too...

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01:03 Jul-20-2015

With the game still being a year & a half away I seriously doubt those will be the recommended requirements. Most likely what is listed as recommended here will be more like the minimum. Everyone needs to keep in mind that this game will launch after both AMD & nVidia release their next gen HBM2 GPUs & well into Dx12's life cycle.

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04:32 Jul-20-2015

Actually I am betting it is pretty much spot on, remember they are using real in game footage for that trailer, so they already have their alpha built (built with current tech). True that the DX12 hardware will come out before the launch of ME:A but the backbone of the game will be build on DX11.2 hardware. Also remember it still is one the FB3 engine so that will put some restraints on the developer.

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01:13 Jul-21-2015

Nah... You watch & see. By the time this game gets released it will probably be GTX 660/HD 7870 (Dx11)for minimum & GTX 970/R9-390 (Dx12) for recomended.

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23:47 Jul-19-2015

I hope this game doesn't lose its great core attributes that make it a great RPG(big decisions, story, characters, etc...), it seemed, to me, like DA:I lacked some of those.

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20:43 Jul-19-2015

Man i wish they would add other races or aliens. Other than that its seems promising.

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19:21 Jul-19-2015

Pretty sure many people will need to calibrate their rig once official sysreq is out, or else it would be....problematic

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20:32 Jul-19-2015

Can it wait a minute? I'm in the middle of some calibrations.
;)

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18:07 Jul-19-2015

Please don't have a ****ty ending like ME3. It took me 4-5 playthroughs to get to the breathing Shepard ending.......

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22:10 Jul-19-2015

It was a decent ending. It was well done, even if there was little (actual) choice and consequence: sometimes that's how life rolls.

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23:49 Jul-19-2015

Bah, are people honestly still crying about that? It was a fantastic game with a flaw at it's ending. The flaw was more or less corrected, and the game if played with all available DLC from start to finish was just fine. Get over it already.

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00:48 Jul-20-2015

Nah, if you let a developer off the hook for what was a bunch of RGB garbage (The biggest ending punt I have seen in over a decade). Where the backlash was so great they actually went back and polished up the turd that was served up for your reward playing through an other-wisely great game. They mailed the ending in, and the players said not just no; "Hell No" was the resounding chorus.

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17:48 Jul-19-2015

no commander shepard no buy

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18:06 Jul-19-2015

No chicks no s3x no buy.........

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18:30 Jul-19-2015

Ass Effect.

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22:17 Jul-19-2015

your ass effect makes my mass erect :P

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00:50 Jul-20-2015

I wonder if they are going to add in jiggle physics this time? XD

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13:45 Jul-20-2015

"Be careful what you wish for, it can come true"


Dont know if jiggling man ass in tight space suit is what you want to look at :-D

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20:05 Jul-20-2015

That reminds me. I hope that Miranda will maybe appear in the game.

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17:37 Jul-19-2015

good, frostbite 3 is beautiful and performs quite well on all platforms :) i hope that we will be able to travel across huge maps like witcher 3 and go to outerspace can also be awsome :D

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