BioWare is taking cues from The Witcher 3 for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s side quests

According to BioWare, Mass Effect: Andromeda will feature side quests which actually resonate with players, a strategy which was inspired by the sorts of secondary tasks which can be found in games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Speaking with PC Gamer, Andromeda producer Fabrice Condominas talked about the overabundance of side quests which BioWare had injected into its most recent release, Dragon Age: Inquisition, saying that the studio learned quickly that players found most of the side quests to be more tedious than compelling (BioWare even refers to the issue as the “Hinterlands Problem,” referencing the fact that Inquisition players could spend many hours grinding through tedious content in the game’s first major region).

Fortunately, Condominas says that BioWare learned from its mistakes with Inquisition and that Andromeda will have more meaningful side quest content as a result. We’ll find out whether BioWare lives up to that claim when Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on March 21.