So in case you've been living under a rock, we reported that BioWare finally announced that Mass Effect Andromeda will be releasing on March 21, 2017. That's sooner than we originally though, which is nice. Immediately following the announcement, though, we couldn't help but wonder when the multiplayer beta will be rolling out. There isn't much time to spare at this point, and we were definitely promised a beta.
A Twitter user reached out Mass Effect Andromeda lead designer Ian Frazier to ask just that. "Do you think we'll be hearing anything about the MP test before the end of the month?" Frazier's response was brief, but encouraging:
@FatherOfPearl1 Odds are good.— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) January 9, 2017
"Odds are good." It's not a promise; it's not a guarantee; it's not an official announcement. It is much better than a "no," though, and it gives us hope. Does BioWare have time to announce, promote, and then host a multiplayer beta before the end of the month? That's probably stretching it unless we get an announcement today, or within the next few days. There's always a chance that the multiplayer beta could go down the weekend of the 20th, or 27th. That would give the team just over a month to work out some kinks, make some balancing changes, and respond to the community's biggest concerns.
If you haven't signed up for the beta already, you might want to check out the "Andromeda Initiative" here. BioWare revealed that there will be multiple rewards for completing every briefing of the Andromeda Initiative, and the multiplayer beta is a big part of that.
If you're the type of person who likes to go into a game totally fresh, the countdown is looking optimistic. We thought the day would never come, but now we're only two months away. Stay tuned to WWG for all the latest on Mass Effect Andromeda. Don't forget to check out the gallery below for a look at some of the class profiles and skill trees, and see whether or not the new profile system makes class choice meaningless.