Having previously released a video on their Youtube channel, in the early morning today, Part 2 of the Mass Effect: Andromeda “Gameplay Series” was released. With Part 1 of the series highlighting combat weapons and skills, the second has expanded upon that and has revealed combat profiles and squads. Ultimately, this new video shows some customizable player options allowing them to choose a focus on what they want their skills to be like.
In the video below its revealed that players will no longer be limited to one class’s powers and will be able to distribute points into whatever categories they want. The video claims that players will have access to over a dozen powers with 300 skill upgrades as they level up their character. As players level up skills, profiles will be created which add to the effectiveness of the skills you use. There will be a total of 7 profiles and depending on what skills you level up, some profiles will become better than others.
If a player finds that they prefer using biotic powers compared to tech skills, and level up mostly biotic powers, then they will have better bonuses within the Adept profile. The benefits of using the profile is that its adds bonuses to your skills such as radius, damage, and duration.
Unlike previous installments of Mass Effect, players will now be able to swap through profiles at any time, even if they find themselves in the middle of an intense firefight. By using the new “favorites” wheel, players can enter a battle or mission with the ability to change their play style on the fly. The favorites wheel has enough room for three skills and a profile so players can switch from a long distance play style to becoming a front line soldier in a few easy steps. When switching between these favorites its important to note that the skills cool down periods will re-set, so upon initially switching, you won’t have immediate access to your powers.
As for squads, just like the original series, players will have help when going out on missions, with each squamate having unique advantages for certain enemies and play styles. Players will be able to give them directions and even use them to get some awesome power combos.
Keep a close eye out for more Mass Effect: Andromeda videos in the near future, the game still has a little under a month before being released. Well 26 days to be exact. But who’s counting right?