One of my favorite features from Mass Effect 2 was the planet scanning. While it did seem a bit arduous at times, it had a strangely addicting element to it. While it might not be the same exact scanning from Mass Effect 2, scanning is indeed coming to Mass Effect Andromeda.

The upcoming game will also have challenging foes that players will encounter. You won’t know which planets have “super-bosses” until you meet them. Some planets have them and others don’t, but BioWare is guaranteeing that you’ll know right away whether or not you’re equipped to fight.

BioWare will showcase the finale of a grueling final boss for players to face. Again though, when you reach this point in the game, gamers will know immediately if they are ready to fight or not. Mass Effect Andromeda producer Mike Gamble gave a bit of insight into this.

“There’s a final, ‘If you’re ready, good luck’ kind of boss. We have a lot of other things like that where you’ll know that you’re not ready for this, but you’ll know that you’ll want to come back,” Gamble told GI.

Those who are going to blaze straight through the campaign, and disregard side missions, might want to think twice now. Side missions aren’t just a great way of exploring and learning about the world, but they’re also a chance to further enhance your character’s skills. Make sure you are ready for battle before entering somewhere you don’t want to be.

Getting back to scanning, BioWare is making this a very important part of the game. We’ve seen it come up in the various gameplay videos shown off. See the one above and below for a look at what I’m talking about. Mass Effect Andromeda producer Fabrice Condominas detailed further the cruciality of scanning.

“Scanning is one of the most important exploration tools you’ll have in the game. You’re in a new galaxy, there are a lot of things where you just have no clue what’s going on. The scanner is a way to capture what is in your environment, send the information back to the Tempest to analyst it, and find those clues that we add to the codex, which might also give you access to crafting pieces, for example,” Condominas said.

It is unknown if this means the type of Mass Effect 2 planet scanning will also be back. However, the fact that gamers can now scan everything as they walk along is very exciting. Particularly, for those of us scanning addicts who have been yearning for it since 2010.

Mass Effect Andromeda does not have a release date as of now. EA continues to list the spring 2017 time frame as when to expect it. However, that can mean anything from May to March, and I’m not so sure that another delay is even out of the question at this point.

Regardless of when it releases though, Mass Effect Andromeda will debut on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stick around here at We Write Things for more on Mass Effect.

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