Mass Effect Andromeda is set to come out in less than two weeks (March 21, 2017). On the road to its much-awaited release, BioWare has treated fans to a spectacle of awesome features, including an even more intense multiplayer experience with free maps.
And now, courtesy of IGN, we get a first look at how cruising the landscape of distant planets will look and feel in the Nomad ND1 all-terrain exploration vehicle. You can even upgrade this marvel of space technology to adapt to even more demanding missions in the game.
IGN First – Driving and Upgrading the Nomad
Thanks to IGN’s preview of ME Andromeda’s Nomad, we get a glimpse of the desert terrain on the planet Elaaden. Watch the video below and see how the vehicle fares in navigating the seemingly-endless sea of sand.
Among the most interesting features of the Nomad is its mineral detection capabilities. This allows it to analyze the concentration of substances within the vehicle’s surroundings. The Mining Computer displays the results of the analysis on the upper left of the screen.
We’re all well and happy seeing how the Nomad makes tracks in the preview. But it’s worth noting that we’re seeing the vehicle in its most basic configuration. You’ll need upgrade blueprints to improve the Nomad, which are obtained from various engineers throughout the game. This doesn’t even count the effort of finding the required materials to deck out the Nomad for better performance and defenses.
While using and abusing the Nomad adds an interesting layer to getting around on the surface of various planets (as what the Mako did somewhat in the first Mass Effect game), we’re still quite curious of its other capabilities, and how much it will take the game’s spirit of exploration to new and exciting heights.
In the meantime, you can check out our walkthroughs, guides, tips and tricks of BioWare’s latest entry to the massive sci-fi action franchise here!