'Mass Effect: Andromeda' news, updates: Upcoming title to feature lengthy and optional enemy base side quests

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Side quests in video games are not exactly that uncommon, most especially when the title is a role-playing game (RPG). More often than not, side quests are short in length compared to the main storyline of the title.

However, it seems like this is not going to be the case in BioWare's upcoming highly anticipated installment, "Mass Effect: Andromeda."

Game director Mac Walters and producer Mike Gamble recently spoke with Game Informer and revealed some interesting information about what fans can expect for the side quests in "Mass Effect: Andromeda."

One of them includes the enemy bases that players can wipe out. Do take note that this task is optional, and if the player wishes to skip it, they can do so without affecting the main narrative of the title.

"On most planets there is some level of hostile force, and usually that will be represented by enemy bases or hideouts or whatever you want to call them specific to that planet," Gamble said.

Walters, however, warned fans that they should think twice before they commit to proceed with wiping out these bases. The reason being is that they are pretty lengthy and attempting them can be challenging for the players.

"It's fun, because there's a combination of systemic and scripted stuff in there. If you tip off too many enemies, the alarms start going off and you have to shut them off. And there's usually narrative tied around it," Walters continued.

As for its much-awaited release date, there have been some reports lately suggesting that "Mass Effect: Andromeda" will most probably come out on March 21, 2017. The date was spotted on the picture of an Xbox One Digital Code copy that tipster Wario64 had posted earlier this month.

BioWare, unfortunately, hasn't said anything yet regarding the official release date for "Mass Effect: Andromeda."

Fans are advised to keep an open mind for the time being and to take this report with a tiny pinch of salt. More news about the matter should emerge in the coming months.