Bugs and animation fixes are the big news, but are there more major changes on the way?
Mass Effect: Andromeda was officially released today, but EA Access meant that some players have already seen, and made memes, from the first ten hours. Ten hours in which, sadly, the shonky animations became the headline. Developer Bioware has detailed a few tweaks we'll see from its day one patch, but has also hinted elsewhere that bigger changes are coming.
The patch will address "many cinematics, conversations, and other character interactions" and "balance changes to guns, reward packs, and objectives scoring" in multiplayer. Bugs that affect gameplay are also fixed.
Meanwhile, on social media the lead designer on Mass Effect: Andromeda – Ian Frazier – fielded fan questions and suggested that changes were coming to character creation and more animations.
@BlazinSB We're looking at patching lots of issues and want to strongly support the game moving forward. I can't say more just yet.— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) March 21, 2017
@Porcelyn Can't promise anything yet, but we're currently evaluating various options for making it better.— Ian S. Frazier (@tibermoon) March 22, 2017
Creative director Mac Walters also promised the team were listening to fan concerns.
Launch day in NA! Thanks for all the excitement & positivity. And for those w questions or concerns, we're listening. #MassEffectAndromeda— Mac Walters (@macwalterslives) March 22, 2017