I don’t know what crazy fools are buying Mass Effect Andromeda for the multiplayer component, but if that’s your bag then you may want to check out this new multiplayer gameplay trailer. At close to six minutes this is fairly deep dive into how Mass Effect Andromeda’s cooperative horde mode multiplayer works, as well as how it can make life in single-player a little easier.

You and up to three squadmates can take on ever more demanding waves of attackers, holding them off in one of several unique ‘Firebases’. Get a successful team together and you’ll level up in a totally separate multiplayer skill tree, unlocking additional skills and stat boosts which can help in more difficult missions. In total there will be five maps, 25 characters to pick from, and 40 weapons at launch.

Additionally, there is the Strike Team mode. Players can either use their own AI squad partners, or join a multiplayer team, and head out on special missions. In the video you can see it’s a race against the clocking, so there’s some added pressure there. Come out successful and the player can unlock exclusive items and gear which then transfer over to the single-player campaign.

I’m not usually one for Mass Effect multiplayer but it does all sound mighty intriguing. Hooking players in with single-player gear which transfers over from multiplayer matches is a bit naughty, however I can see this working to dramatically expand Mass Effect 4’s online playerbase around launch.

Earlier today we revealed lucky GeForce GTX 1080 Ti owners will be able to play Mass Effect Andromeda at 4K / 60 frames per second, but things are also looking up for us normal folk with slightly lower-end rigs.

Mass Effect Andromeda launches on March 21st for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.