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In case you missed the earlier news, BioWare has cancelled the Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer beta. Potential participants signed up for the beta a while ago, but a confirmed starting date never came. The cancellation came as a bit of a surprise, but with the full release now only a few weeks away, we suppose that it makes some degree of sense.

Offering an explanation on Twitter, producer Fernando Melo writes "Sorry we won't have MPTT (Multiplayer Tech Test). I know many were looking forward to it (as were we). Long story but right decision for how close we are to live." In other words, as hinted above, the launch date is getting a little close for the studio to go ahead with the beta. It's unclear why it couldn't have been pushed out sooner, but BioWare must have its reasons.

Melo goes on to reassure fans that the title's co-op component will be worth the wait. "Mass Effect: Andromeda multiplayer has had the most extensive user testing we've ever done. Plus GameChangers program. And retail console closed alpha earlier in new year," he adds, before revealing a screenshot of the multiplayer character selection screen, which we've embedded below.

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Are you unhappy that the beta has been cast aside, or are you just looking forward to the full game? Select a class in the comments section below.