Mass Effect Andromeda has received another major update across all platforms, which affects both the single-player and multiplayer experience.
To be honest, the patch notes are incredibly vague and do not offer any particular insight into what exactly changed or improved. For example; the patch notes begin by noting improvements to performance and stability, as well as cinematic scenes. However, there are no accompanying details to clarify just what kind of improvements the developer has introduced.
The update does, though, fix a previously reported bug where SAM would mistakenly tell Ryder that they have received new email. The legibility of subtitles has been improved. The maximum Nexus level has been increased to 29. Also, conversation options will no longer be shown as “greyed out” if there is new content available.
Interestingly, the update brings balance improvements at higher difficulties in the single-player campaign. As mentioned above, there is no telling what kind of improvements the developer is talking about.
Players who purchased either the Deluxe or Super Deluxe editions of Mass Effect Andromeda will receive new cosmetic goodies after updating: two Nomad skins, a casual Pathfinder outfit, and an exclusive pack for multiplayer (offering “high” odds to get an ultra-rare item).
Multiplayer also receives some attention, with BioWare explaining, “Powers and weapons were underperforming at higher difficulties–particularly power combos and assault rifles. As a result, players relied heavily on the Vanquisher sniper rifle and melee-focused classes.”
“We found current damage levels significantly slowed the pace of games on Gold and Silver difficulties,” it added. “To fix this, we started to overhaul the balance in multiplayer. Today’s changes are the first step in that process.”
Among the tweaks are an increase to the base damage of powers and certain weapons so that they’ll now be more effective. Shotguns, in particular, have been buffed to deal more damage and have greater accuracy when not in cover. The aforementioned Vanquisher has been nerfed to “make it comparable with other weapons,” as it was deemed far too effective, particularly on Gold difficulty.