After Mass Effect Andromeda’s rocky launch and confusingly high infestation of bugs and issues, we are awaiting the many post-mortem articles that will eventually shine a light on what exactly happened to push a game that seems so beneath the normal Bioware pedigree. We may be waiting even longer for the next Mass Effect game to hit consoles, VR, or be beamed directly into our brains. The future is a crazy place.
The trainwreck that was Mass Effect Andromeda hit EA in its most tender area – the wallet. Usually, there is nothing that makes its nether regions tingle more than the thought of a quick follow up sequel, but with no one assigned, there are currently no plans to make one.
For now, staff from Bioware Montreal have been reassigned to other studios working on games, such as Star Wars Battlefront 2, while a small number of people continue to work on Andromeda’s multiplayer. That team may or may not also be assigned to the future promised patches for the main game.
Mass Effect Andromeda was to be a new start for the franchise after the disappointing and controversial ending of the previous trilogy. We can only hope that the next game in the series (of course a new one is coming) will have a little more time in the oven before it is released.
Maybe that is what we need, and that could be the silver lining in this situation. The magic of exploring space and being your own captain, Spectre, Pathfinder, or whatever the next title becomes is one that continues to captivate the imaginations of multiple generations around the world. Take your time, EA, and get the next one right. We will be here.