Crafting gear and weaponry has been a key component in BioWare’s games over the years, but the system has never appeared in a Mass Effect game – until now. You won’t just be able to forge whatever you fancy from the get-go, though; you’ll have to do your research first. So, engage in a few bust-ups with Andromeda’s resident meanies, the Kett, and you might be able to scavenge enough alien tech to figure out how their powerful plasma weapons work. At this stage you’ll be able to craft and name your own Kett-inspired firearms and dole them out to your appreciative team. And, thanks to the return of melee weapons (last seen in Mass Effect 3’ s multiplayer modes) you’ll also be able to craft mighty Krogan hammers and fearsome space-aged blades with which to slice up your alien foes. That said, the Andromeda team has been keen to emphasise that crafting won’t be a necessity for campaign success – it’s more of an optional extra for especially intrepid explorers.
above There’s even a new-look dialogue wheel, which takes its design cues from Dragon Age: Inquisition.