It looks like Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer with a next-gen coat of paint. And I’m not complaining. Many of us will chew through 10 hours of this co-op/horde mode starting later this week thanks to EA/Origin Access.

Fun fact – did you know Psyonix helped craft the multiplayer mode in Mass Effect 3? Yep, the same Psyonix that gave us Rocket League. Those folks know how to make a game fun to play.

If you enjoyed Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer, it looks like we’re getting more of the same here. Wave-based matches with various objectives to complete.

Unlike the launch trailer, you’re not only human in co-op. 25+ “character kits” are available at launch. You can choose between Milky Way or Andromeda species. Each character kit offers different skills and bonus stats. We will depend on this variety. That’s because only five maps are coming at launch:

Firebase Sandstorm
Firebase Zero
Firebase Icebreaker
Firebase Magma
Firebase Derelict

We hear “at launch” a few times during the first part of the video. More DLC is coming and the maps will be free. Just like they were in Mass Effect 3. And just like Mass Effect 3, loot boxes are coming. Unlockable via gameplay and through microtransactions.

Speaking of microtransactions, UK retailer ShoptTo gives us a peek at what to expect in this department. Dubbed Multiplayer Andromeda Points, prices range from £3.95 for 500 points to £79.96 for 12,000 points. That’s about $5 to $100 in U.S.

More than 40 weapons are also coming at launch. Plus, Bioware isn’t restricting them to certain classes. Everyone gets to use whatever weapon they wish.

The co-op/horde mode looks solid from the five minutes we see above. But how has the Mass Effect co-op multiplayer aged in the five years since Mass Effect 3 came out? Is there more to Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer than we see in the five mintues above?

We’ve seen games like Gears of War 4 expand into base building as a way to add depth to the wave-based co-op mode. It’ll be interesting to see what (if any) additions Bioware makes to Mass Effect: Andromeda’s co-op multiplayer.

Is a prettier version of Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer enough for you? Or, do you want to see Bioware evolve the mode into something more? I’m hoping for something extra, but I’m not going to lie – Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer was already a hell of a lot of fun.


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