The past few days have been exciting ones for Mass Effect fans, as numerous new details about the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda were revealed as part of Bioware's N7 Day celebration. Even more exciting is the news that some fans will get the chance to play the game's multiplayer prior to release as part of Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer tech test and beta.
Specific details on how Mass Effect: Andromeda's multiplayer will work are still unknown, but it seems likely to be comparable to the multiplayer seen in Mass Effect 3, where up to four players could team up to battle against increasingly difficult waves of enemies, with players able to choose from various characters, weapons and abilities.
So how does one sign up for the technical test and eventual beta? First, you'll have to set up an EA account and link it to your console of choice. Then you can head over to the Bioware website and register. You'll be asked a series of questions before getting to the portion about the "Multiplayer Tech Test". The test is listed as only being available to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players. According to producer Fernando Melo (via EGMNOW), this is because the final game must be submitted much sooner for consoles than on PC.
There is no word yet as to when exactly the tech test or multiplayer beta will happen, but one can only assume it will be within the next few months. Many presumed Mass Effect: Andromeda would be releasing sometime in March (with Amazon perhaps having spoiled an official release date to boot), but N7 Day came and went with only a generic "Spring 2017" release window. If the game truly is releasing in March, players could likely expect a tech test sometime in January or February, with a possible beta to follow.
Despite all the recent news, players still have yet to see Mass Effect: Andromeda in action. A recent trailer for the game revealed a glimmer of what appeared to be gameplay, much to the disappointment of fans. It seems the reveal of the game's combat and more will come on Dec. 1 as part of Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards. Perhaps an official release date will be revealed at that time as well. Until then fans will have to gather up all the small details from the past few days and wait for more. You can catch up on all the N7 Day news on Tech Times.