Nvidia’s live CES keynote was, whisper it, a little bit dull. Where was our GTX 1080 Ti? Coming sooner rather than later, we hope. There was one shining light on offer though, and that was a look at some PC gameplay of Mass Effect Andromeda running on an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics. As you’d expect from DICE’s Frostbite engine, ME Andromeda is looking at absolutely gorgeous, and clearly eager to wrestle the crown of Best Looking RPG away from the imperious The Witcher III.
This is our first look at a new lava-filled planet which bears more than a passing resemblance to Episode 3’s Mustafar. It’s immediately obvious this is the same engine which is running Star Wars Battlefront, rocking those same photorealistic rock structures and fantastic draw distance. With any luck Mass Effect Andromeda runs as well as DICE’s online shooter because that really was a stand out in terms of both visuals and performance.
From a gameplay perspective it bizarrely looks as if you can change your skills on the fly, reconfiguring abilities to adapt to a particular situation. As such there is no normal class structure in Mass Effect Andromeda, although you can unlock specialities such as Vanguard or Adept through leveling up specific trees. Anyway, enough nattering, on the with the trailer.
In case you missed it last night as well, BioWare also announced the release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda. We only have just over two months to wait - Mass Effect 4 is out on March 21, 2017, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.