Upon release, Mass Effect: Andromeda did not receive a good reception among critics and players. The amount of hype around the game was major and was considered to be one of the most anticipated games of this year. Sadly, Electronic Arts and BioWare fell short of expectations as the game received low ratings due to a lack of content, basic story, uninspired characters and a variety of bugs. Not only did it come across critics as bad, but die-hard fans of the Mass Effect series were left disappointed. It is because of this response to Mass Effect: Andromeda that a decision has been made to place the series on hold.
EA released the following statement on the future status for the series.
“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.”
EA has stated that BioWare Montreal will continue to work on bug fixes for the game with ongoing updates. Not only that, but the studio’s new IP that was announced earlier this year has been pushed back to 2019 instead of the initial 2018 release.
BioWare wants to make clear that the Mass Effect series is not dead. They want to return to the series at a later time rather than rushing into another sequel. Until then, players can continue to play the Mass Effect games they know and love through the Xbox One backwards compatibility program that continues to grow.
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