Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer content will be free
BioWare has confirmed that any post-launch content for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s multiplayer component (maps, characters, weapons, etc.) will be free for all players, an approach which mirrors what the developer did for Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer.
As Mass Effect 3 players likely remember, the game had a number of paid DLC expansions for its single-player story mode, the sales of which helped to make its various multiplayer expansions free. Of course, that “free” moniker only stretched so far since additions like new characters and weapons still had to be unlocked via randomized item crates (which could be bought with either in-game currency or real-life money).
In a recent reply to a fan inquiry on Twitter, BioWare’s Aaryn Flynn confirmed that Andromeda’s multiplayer post-launch content system will operate in the same way, with content such as new maps and other features being entirely for free (one could also assume this means Andromeda will have paid single-player DLC but that remains to be seen).
Mass Effect: Andromeda is set to launch on March 21 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. If you want to try out Andromeda’s multiplayer component ahead of its launch, your only two opportunities to do so will be either at PAX East or via the game’s EA/Origin Access trial.