Mass Effect Andromeda has a release date, but the Collector’s Edition is missing something

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I am stupidly excited for the release of Mass Effect Andromeda. I may have only played the original Mass Effect trilogy “late”, but I loved it far too much. With the way Dragon Age made such huge leaps between games, and the astounding quality of Dragon Age Inquisition, I figure that Mass Effect Andromeda should be even more amazing. Particularly impressive is the fact that we don’t have too long to wait.

Bioware announced that the game is releasing on 21 March in the US, 23 March in Europe. The game is already in playable form, as evidenced by the fact that BioWare employees were able to play it over the holidays. Aaryn Flynn, GM of BioWare, expanded upon that to say:

Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the โ€œholiday buildโ€. This is a longstanding studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great. Getting the endorsement from members of our studio, many of whom played key roles on the original trilogy, was definitely a key factor in helping us lock in on the date.

I’m so glad that so many people at the studio are behind the game, approving of the direction it’s moved in. It gives me hope that when the game releases in a few months, it will be a great experience, even without added DLC to make it better. In fact, there’s been no news about a season pass, which almost gives me hope that it will be a full and complete game as shipped.

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However, that depends on which version you have shipped to you. I love Collector’s Editions, and I was actually planning on looking at one for Mass Effect. Normally, I get frustrated when Collector’s Editions don’t include the season pass – if I’m spending so much money, I should be able to purchase a complete edition. Well, I’m definitely not getting the CE for Mass Effect Andromeda – it doesn’t even include the game!

There are two versions listed – one with a diecast Nomad ND1 for $100 and one with a remote control Nomad ND1 for $200. While both include a SteelBook case, neither actually includes the game itself. How can you call it a Collector’s Edition, then? I mean, surely this is “just” collector’s swag? It’s cool to get fun toys, but don’t call it an edition of the game if it doesn’t actually include the game itself. That just doesn’t make sense.

Then again, I doubt many of us would be willing or able to dish out for a Collector’s Edition for the game anyway. At the moment, it’s available for preorders with the cheapest price I’ve found on Raru sitting at R999 on console and R869 on PC. Better pre-order that now – everywhere else I’ve seen it has been R100-200 more expensive. I remember buying a Collector’s Edition for a little over R1k not so long ago, but now if that’s the going price for the base game, I doubt I’ll be picking up many CEs this year.

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Last Updated: January 9, 2017

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let’s get on with it!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The CE of the game doesn’t include the game? I… what?

    • Hammersteyn

      Just EA doing EA things

      • Dutch Matrix

        EA making it hard for me to defend them… Kinda like they want a kick in the teeth.

        • Hammersteyn

          I’ll just sip my beer and wait for all this to blow over.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Yeah. Like what are you going to do? NOT get the game?

          • Hammersteyn

            Sure I will, on sale. If my PS4 buddy doesn’t get it first

          • Dutch Matrix

            I don’t know. Torn between day 1 purchase or wait for sale.

          • Hammersteyn

            I don’t have R1 000 or more for games every month.

          • Dutch Matrix

            Neither do I. But it is Mass Effect…

          • Hammersteyn

            True, very very true

          • lol

          • Ir0nseraph

            I am going to try and resist, but don’t think I can hold out ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Hammersteyn


          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well… yes. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Yeah, screw that

  • So even the main game is becoming DLC xD

    • Hammersteyn

      I bet the PR department went on strike when the news of this broke

      • Dutch Matrix

        Slaves cannot strike.

        • Hammersteyn


        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          EA be like… “Assuming direct control”

          • Dutch Matrix

            LoL. Must be. If they were a collective like the Borg, it would explode. Division by Zero error… Cannot resolve… Cannot resolve… Oh Bugger me and my mother… Boom!

  • Unavengedavo

    Reaction after reading this… What’s the point of a CE if it’s basically just “toys” that you are buying?

  • For the Emperor!
  • Sageville

    A “Collector’s edition” of what?

  • Johann

    I’ve got EA access on Xbox One so I’ll try it out and if I like it I’ll buy it otherwise I’ll wait for it to go on sale someday.

    • Francois Knoetze

      exactly the route I am going too

  • For the Emperor!

    I like that you will be able to buy the “swag” separately. Well, that is if they still have stock by the time I get enough saved up for that! Gotta spend on holiday first. Looking at the Bioware store, they actually list the CE both with the game an without – so you are able to buy the models and the game separately ๐Ÿ™‚

    “Mass Effect: Andromeda Nomad ND1 Model Collector’s Edition” vs “Mass Effect: Andromeda Nomad ND1 Model Collector’s Edition Game Bundle”

    But there is NOTHING extra listed when you buy the bundle vs buying the game and model separately? It is not even the deluxe edition ๐Ÿ™

  • Umm, WOT

    • Guild

      LOL XD CE with no game….well played.

  • oVg

    R700 for a music CD, compendium, Map, stickers, free skins and a 200hour game with 2 massive expansions for R150 each.

    Mass Effect can get in the sea.

    The Witcher 3 for the WIN.

    • Greylingad{EXPLOSIONS!}

      Hahahahaha!! I was waiting for this!! Just wait for a sale or a pre loved copy, until then, play THE WITCHER 3!

    • chimera_85

      Hahaha The Witcher could never be as good as Mass Effect (opinion).

  • Melasco

    23 March Mass Effect… 25 – 26 March Qatar Motogp to kick off the season…. What an epic weekend to look forward to ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Greylingad{EXPLOSIONS!}

      You mean, sleep deprived… Sleep deprived weekend to look forward to…

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    Super Deluxe Edition :3

  • chimera_85

    Got the actual game on CDkeys for R580 the other day.

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