Earlier today BioWare fully unveiled the co-op multiplayer component of Mass Effect: Andromeda, showing off characters, missions, weapons, maps, and whole bunch more. Really, there was only one thing that wasn’t mentioned – microtransactions.
Like most modern online multiplayer games, Mass Effect: Andromeda will have randomized loot packs, which you get by trading in credits. Of course, those credits can also be purchased with real-world cash. So, if you want to skip unlocking weapons and upgrades the hard way, how much money might you end up spending? A heck of a lot, apparently.
UK retailer ShopTo has revealed what options you have when purchasing credits. On the low end, you can buy 500 points with £3.95 (around $5 American), and the prices go up from there. Here are the bundles available…
500 points - £3.95
1020 points - £7.95
2150 points - £15.95
3250 points - £24.95
5750 points - £39.95
12,000 points - £79.95
The highest-priced option, 12,000 points for £79.95, translates to around $97. You can bet EA will probably round up and charge American Mass Effect fans the full $100. Of course, nobody is required to shell out a century note for Mass Effect: Andromeda microtransactions, you can earn everything in-game, but the fact that EA is even offering the option hints that you’ll have to open a lot of loot boxes to get all the game’s goodies.
Microtransactions aside, Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer looks like some solid fun, allowing you and up to three friends take on waves of enemies, while trying to complete a series of objectives. The mode will offer up 25 basic character kits, over 40 weapons, five varied maps, and plenty of upgrades you have to get out of those aforementioned loot packs. You’ll also be able to access special Strike Team missions from the game’s main single-player campaign.
Mass Effect: Andromeda touches down on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 on March 21.