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    BioWare’s side quest to improve the facial animation in Mass Effect: Andromeda continues today, in the release of patch 1.09. This update also adds a new ‘Platinum’ difficulty level to multiplayer.

    Specific to the PC, there are fixes for HDR following the Creators Update for Windows 10, and support for depth of field controls in Photo Mode when using Nvidia’s Ansel. A general reference to improved “stability” is in there too.

    Beyond that, it looks like a patch that addresses lingering bugs that prevented the completion of quests, or do weird things like make hair textures disappear. Patch 1.09 should be available to download today through Origin. Here are the full changelog notes.

    Various improvements to facial animations and cinematic scenes
    Improved stability
    [MP] Platinum difficulty added
    Fixed issue where certain hair textures could disappear from female custom heads when using Facial Reconstruction Suite
    Fixed issue where negative AVP could be displayed after reaching Nexus level 20
    Fixed various quest progression blockers
    Fixed issue where Ryder could be killed even when following directions during the guarded walk through Aya
    Fixed issue where player could commit to relationships with both Jaal and Cora concurrently
    Fixed issue where the “Reach the Signal Source” objective in Peebee’s quest line could fail to trigger
    Fixed issue where player could get trapped on a ledge in the Elaaden Vault, causing an infinite load screen
    Fixed save/load issues with the final battle area in Peebee’s Loyalty mission
    Fixed issue where the “Speak to Sid” objective on the Nexus could persist indefinitely
    Fixed issue where quest marker could disappear during the final step of the “Reformation” quest on Voeld
    Addressed issue where it was possible for the player to be attacked during initial conversation with Bain Massani on Eos
    Fixed issue where save/load could cause final platform to disappear in Drack’s Loyalty Mission
    Fixed issue where the player can’t progress through the final story mission if the Nomad is broken from the “Out of Gas” quest
    Added a confirmation prompt before changing Ryder’s appearance on the Tempest
    Fixed issue where player could become trapped by NPCs in the APEX HQ on the Nexus
    X5 Ghost can now be dismantled.
    Fixed issue where TAB (keyboard) and Start/Options (Controller) no longer served as shortcuts to close the pause menu
    Fixed issue where auto-level could assign skill points into loyalty-locked squadmate skills
    Tactical Cloak melee damage bonus now applies to jump-melee as well.
    Fixed issue with Fusion Mods displaying incorrect stats
    [PC] Improved HDR functionality on Windows 10 Creators Update
    [PC] Photo mode now supports Ansel’s depth-of-field controls.
    [PC] Fixed issue where Logitech keyboard rebinding would cause key lighting to work improperly

    Peter Parrish

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