This Mass Effect: Andromeda app lets you manage Strike Teams and multiplayer loadouts from your phone

Once Mass Effect: Andromeda is out, you won't have petty things like "work" and "social outings" to blame for missing time-limited APEX missions. BioWare is rolling out a companion app for the game called APEX HQ, which lets users manage both Strike Teams and multiplayer characters from their mobile devices.

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You may or may not be able to download the app yet, depending on your location and operating system. But BioWare says it should be available everywhere by March 20, the day before the game's public launch. EA Access and Origin Access members who are doing their Play First trials right now will just have to manage their Strike Teams and multiplayer loadouts from the game itself. Like plebes.

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Mass Effect 3 had a companion app of its own back in the day, though it's mostly dead now. It was kind of fun getting messages from the characters and reading Codex entries. Doing missions remotely is cool too, I guess.

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