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Are you ready for the new game? I know I sure am! Depending on how new you are to the series (or how much you like cosmetic rewards), you may want to take a look at all the different bonus items available. As has become tradition in game releases, there are a few different versions of Andromeda, as well as a couple bonuses not tied to the versions themselves.

If you're curious what version of Andromeda will give you what bonuses, we have a breakdown of everything below.

Pre-order Bonuses

Via Origin store page
Via Origin store page

First up, the bonuses you don't have much time left to grab. Sure, pre-ordering can be a pretty bad thing in the gaming world and there are quite a few corners of the internet with an intense hatred for pre-ordering — but if you're not in one of those corners, this section might be for you.

Pre-ordering any version of the game nets you the following three items (also pictured above):

  • Multiplayer Booster Pack: Jumpstart your multiplayer co-op play with a booster pack. Includes 5x of 50% XP Boosters.
  • Deep Space Explorer Armor: Looking for armor that can stand up to anything a brand new galaxy can dish out? Pre-order and you'll get to gear up with Deep Space Explorer Armor.
  • Nomad Skin: Make sure your Nomad really stands out while you're exploring mysterious new planets with this unique skin.

Outside of the multiplayer XP boosts — which can be bought individually — the pre-order rewards are exclusively cosmetic. If you don't like 'em, don't get 'em! Personally, I like the armor but could take or leave the Nomad skin.

'Deluxe' Versus 'Super Deluxe' Digital Bonuses

Cover art for standard, deluxe, and super deluxe versions (respectively).
Cover art for standard, deluxe, and super deluxe versions (respectively).

Mass Effect: Andromeda will also come in three different versions: standard, deluxe, and super deluxe. Each of these can be purchased post-launch; however, each is also eligible for the pre-order bonuses if you know you'll get the game no matter what.

What's the difference between the three versions? Well, standard is obviously the base game with no additions. As for the other two, there's only one major difference between Deluxe and Super Deluxe versions in the form of weekly multiplayer booster packs for 20 weeks (detailed at the end below). Except for this, both Deluxe and Super Deluxe include the following:

  • Pathfinder Elite Weapon Set: Ditch the standard gear and go Elite. Battle your way through Andromeda with this unique set of [four] weapons.
  • Pathfinder Casual Outfit: Nobody wants to wear their uniform 24/7. Whether you're relaxing aboard the Tempest or exploring a friendly space dock, this casual outfit will help you look your best.
  • Scavenger Armor: Stand out from the crowd, even when you're planetside on a deadly new world.
Pyjak (via Mass Effect Wiki)
Pyjak (via Mass Effect Wiki)
  • Pet Pyjak: You know you want one. Bring your very own space monkey aboard the Tempest to join you on your journey.
  • Digital Soundtrack: Kick back and enjoy the incredible music of Mass Effect anywhere you go with this digital download.
  • Multiplayer Deluxe Launch Pack: Get a head start on Day 1 Co-Op play with the Multiplayer Launch Pack which includes weapons and equipment to kick start your progress (received immediately).

In addition to all of the above, the Super Deluxe Edition comes with the aforementioned bonus that'll help in multiplayer for a solid 5 months:

  • Multiplayer Super Deluxe Booster Packs: Own Co-op play with the best multiplayer value — a weekly Premium Pack for a 20 week period to deliver an ongoing boost to your progression (1 pack per week, over 20 weeks).

Physical Merchandise

Nomad ND1 (left), Pathfinder Edition Guide (right)
Nomad ND1 (left), Pathfinder Edition Guide (right)

While most of the bonus goodies are digital, BioWare did release a limited number of physical Andromeda products as well. Two of these products focus on the the Nomad ND1 and a special case for the game, the other focuses on the player guide, an Andromeda backpack, and a few more items.

The Nomad ND1 vehicle you see above? There are two versions of it, a remote-control version and a diecast-replica version. The remote-control version is sold out at the moment, but you never know with these things — it could go back in stock. In addition to whichever version of the Nomad ND1 you get, you will also get a SteelBook Collectible case.

The other item you may be interested in is the Pathfinder Edition Guide. The big selling points here are the backpack you see above and a special version of the player guide. There are a few other pretty nice things included, though, so if this is your cup of tea, be sure to check out the guide's official store page.

The physical items aren't exactly cheap — $100 for the replica Nomad, $200 for the remote-control Nomad, and $130 for the Pathfinder Guide — but they may be worth it for you if you're a die-hard fan and somehow haven't ordered one already.

Which bonuses are worth the extra cost for you? Which aren't?


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