Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer drops out of orbit

BioWare sets the tone for its new space pioneer Mass Effect game with a cinematic launch trailer.

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After years of waiting, reporting, and hype, BioWare's latest launch trailer reminds us that Mass Effect: Andromeda is really happening and it's dropping quite soon.

The Mass Effect: Andromeda launch trailer is more cinematic and thematic than previous reels, and is meant to be more accessible to consumers and gamers alike. But I have to say it's a bit...weird. The song just doesn't fit (both the lyrics and the tunes, considering this is a game about finding new worlds to co-exist alongside other aliens...and in reality, you're the alien out in the Andromeda Galaxy) and seems off. It just doesn't seem like something I'd pick for a Mass Effect game.

The actual footage, however, gives us a glimpse at what to expect from the game's visuals. This is where the game shines. BioWare confirms that the footage was captured in-engine despite most of it being cinematic sequences, and the footage is representative of the final product we'll be playing on March 21. I'm guessing it was captured on a high-end PC outfitted with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 series GPU.

Remember that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be quite demanding on PC, and EA estimates that a GTX 1060 will only hit 1080p 30FPS in High presets; to hit anything above that you may need at least a GTX 1070.

BioWare was also careful to say "4K resolution not available on all platforms," but this probably only applies to Xbox One, as the Xbox One S can upscale games to 4K on UHDTVs and ME: Andromeda will run at 4K 30FPS on PS4 Pro.

And PC of course will be able to leverage NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 1080 and its new monstrous GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for smooth 4K gaming.

I have to say that the facial animations are still awkward, and there's a very standardized vibe, but we'll reserve our full judgements for our review of course. I'm absolutely willing to give BioWare the benefit of a doubt, especially after that explosive combat demo and how amazingly fun skill combos look to be.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will blast into orbit on March 21, 2017 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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