UPDATE: Enjoy the first look below. We won’t see Mass Effect: Andromeda again until November.
UPDATE 2: BioWare creative director Mac Walters talked a bit more about the player characters during a PlayStation Access video of the same PlayStation Meeting demo. “We’re seeing our male character, at E3 we got to see our female character. A little surprise here: These two are actually brother and sister.”
Walters continued, “they both exist in the game world at the same time. If you’re playing as the female Ryder, your brother is out there somewhere in the universe.”
We finally got our first decent look at one of the most anticipated games out there. EA showed up at the PlayStation Pro reveal event with Mass Effect: Andromeda in tow. And showed gave us our first footage of it period running on PS4 Pro. Check it out:
You need to watch the video on a 4K display to get the full effect. Or, watch it on your 1080p monitor, up the resolution to 4K anyways, and enjoy the crisper video.
The video shows a character (Ryder most likely) jumping around a futuristic cave complete with floors that materialize out of nowhere. BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn talks us through the ways Mass Effect: Andromeda will take advantage of PS4 Pro.
Higher resolutions – It’s a no-brainer. PS4 Pro’s biggest selling point is letting gamers take advantage of the latest TV technology (4K and HDR). A note on 4K: Sony’s Mark Cerny said that “brute force native” 4K is a challenge for consoles in 2016. Look for a mix of anti-aliasing and core resolution increases to get games towards 4K. If it looks 4K, I don’t care if it isn’t “true” 4K.
High Dynamic-Range Lighting (HDR) – On supported platforms. The regular PS4 is getting HDR via a firmware update later this year. We’ll have to wait and see if the PS4 is one of the “supported platforms.” Those with a HDR TV will notice much more vivid colors in games.
The gameplay trailer doesn’t amount to much. At least it’s something, though.
One thing I didn’t hear during the meeting was any mention of improved frame rates. C’mon developers. I know 4K is the new buzzword, but give us better frame rates too. It would be nice if Battlefield 1 ran at a rock solid 60 frames per second. 4K is great and all, but crisp, smooth gameplay should take priority over 4K.
What do you think of our first glimpse at Mass Effect: Andromeda?