With Mass Effect: Andromeda receiving subpar reviews from both critics and fans, EA has decided to put the reinvigorated series on hold for the foreseeable future.
In a report originally issued by Kotaku, Electronic Arts stated that Bioware Montreal, the developer behind Mass Effect: Andromeda, is being downsized, thus putting future Mass Effect titles on hold. When reached for comment, EA had this to say:
“Our teams at BioWare and across EA put in tremendous effort bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to players around the world. Even as BioWare continues to focus on the Mass Effect Andromeda community and live service, we are constantly looking at how we’re prepared for the next experiences we will create.
The teams in EA Worldwide Studios are packed with talent, and more than ever, we are driving collaboration between studios on key projects.
With our BioWare and Motive teams sharing studio space in Montreal, we have BioWare team members joining Motive projects that are underway. We’re also ramping up teams on other BioWare projects in development.
There will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead.”
Bioware Montreal will continue providing support for Andromeda’s multiplayer, but majority of the company’s development team is being moved around to help with other titles. One such title is Star Wars: Battlefront II, which is set to release on November 17, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Another title is the recently-delayed new IP, which is now scheduled to release sometime in the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
The original Mass Effect trilogy achieved new heights with its vaunted interactive dialogue, intense combat mechanics, and gripping story. Unfortunately, the newest installment in the franchise could not ride on its predecessors’ coattails. With highly criticized animations, faulty dialogue, and a plot that was simply average, Andromeda was a letdown for fans who waited so long for its arrival. Despite the general reception, OnlySP’s DJ Arruda enjoyed the game, scoring it a Distinction and calling it “a strong opening to a new story that is worthy of the Mass Effect mantle.”