Mass Effect: Andromeda Getting Built-In NVIDIA Ansel Support at Launch


Bioware's Mass Effect: Andromeda will be the next big, AAA game to support NVIDIA Ansel technology. NVIDIA announced it yesterday on the official blog, accompanied by a comment of Bioware's General Manager Aaryn Flynn.

We’ve already taken some amazing screenshots of the beautiful Mass Effect: Andromeda galaxy using NVIDIA Ansel, and look forward to sharing them.

Mass Effect: Andromeda joins titles like ARK: Survival Evolved, The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, War Thunder, Obduction, Watch Dogs 2, Mirror's Edge Catalyst and Conan Exiles in the growing list of games that support NVIDIA Ansel.

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Bioware's upcoming sci-fi RPG will also allow gamers to broadcast their sessions directly to Facebook Live via GeForce Experience. Aaryn Flynn said:

Every player’s Mass Effect: Andromeda experience will be unique and GeForce Experience makes it simple to share those incredible moments with friends on Facebook.

Mass Effect: Andromeda has been confirmed to be scheduled for launch on March 21st in North America and 23rd in Europe. It will be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with High Dynamic Range (HDR) support on all three platforms.

The PC version of the game, unlike Mass Effect 2 and 3, will have native controller support. Full specification and system requirements could be revealed in February, according to Aaryn Flynn.

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The wait should be a little shorter for multiplayer information. So far, we know that players may choose to either send NPCs (non-player characters) to do side missions or do it themselves via multiplayer, where they will join the APEX forces in a class-based cooperative experience for up to four players.

Another two changes that have been confirmed are that powers will now have separate cooldowns rather than a global one in multiplayer like in Mass Effect 3; moreover, Andromeda features Prestige XP that will be accrued across character styles rather than specific characters. For instance, if you unlock a health boost while playing tanks, it will be then available to all characters.

There will be a multiplayer beta (called Tech Test) prior to launch, but only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.