Mass Effect: Andromeda won't have a season pass for DLC expansions, according to BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn. This falls in line with the first three Mass Effect games, which didn't tend to bundle up their post-release DLC. Here's Flynn confirming the detail in response to a fan's question on Twitter.
@coldboy33 @masseffect NopeJanuary 7, 2017
Squidward, er, coldboy33 pressed for further details about whether the game will have any kind of story expansions DLC but Flynn didn't budge.
@coldboy33 @masseffect We'll talk more about that later :)January 7, 2017
Season passes or no, the Mass Effect series has had a complicated relationship with DLC. Some players, myself included, took umbrage with the fact that significant characters like Javik - the last surviving member of the ancient Prothean race - and big story beats like Liara's ascendance as the Shadow Broker were portioned off from their respective campaigns and sold at extra cost.
I don't mind mostly self-contained adventures like Mass Effect 2's Overlord pack appearing as DLC. But it feels weird that the story of my Shepard omits major events just because I didn't feel like dropping some extra cash. To be fair, the ending-altering update for Mass Effect 3 proved that Mass Effect's free DLC could be just as controversial.
This is all quite a bit for BioWare to bear in mind but it's proven to be pretty reactive to fan feedback. With the new Mass Effect: Andromeda release date set for March 21, we'll hopefully get a better outline of its DLC plans soon.
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