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Report: Andromeda's poor reception sees Mass Effect put on hold

Bioware Montreal staff and resources focused elsewhere for now

A report from Kotaku has claimed that the Mass Effect IP has been "put on ice" for now, with the series reboot apparently stalling in favour of other projects.

Poor critical and consumer reception for the recently released Andromeda are being blamed for the hiatus. The first game to be lead by BioWare Montreal, rather than the Edmonton studio, Andromeda received luke-warm reviews and considerable consumer ridicule thanks to some unfortunate animation bugs, alongside disappointing gameplay and scripting.

BioWare Montreal has now apparently taken on the role of a support studio, according to Kotaku's sources. That means ongoing support for Andromeda, but also some assistance in preparing a new IP, codename Dylan, for an expected reveal at E3 next month. Several staff from BioWare Montreal have also been seconded to EA's other studio in the city: EA Motive, where they will work on the forthcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II.

BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy issued a statement to press regarding the studio's situation and the future for the IP.

"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."

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Latest comments (4)

Aleksi Ranta Product Manager - Hardware 13 days ago
This is exaggerated out of proportion. Just because resources are redistributed does not mean anything is "on ice". It is 5 years since Mass effect 3 and game developers are notoriously well know about being tight lipped what they are working on or their plans for future installments.....and here we have Kotaku having a "report" about the future of Mass effect.

Lets start to talk about being "on ice" if we have not heard anything in 4 years or so.
Or we might aswell speculate on all the other games we have not heard about. Here are a few sample headlines for Kotaku to test out:
"Half Life 3 on thin ice. Valve refocusing on steam greenlight development"
"EA in dire straits? Where is Battlefield2?"
"Sources: NHL on ice. No release date for NHL18?"
"Sources: Blizzard struggling. Next wow expansion a no show"
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Jeff Kleist Writer, Marketing, Licensing 13 days ago
If anything lonely got iced it's story DLC. Completely agree that at the very least a small team will start planning and budgeting the next one sooner rather than later.
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Hugo Trepanier Game Designer, Behaviour Interactive13 days ago
@Aleksi, you know Battlefield 2 has been out since 2005, right? Also, NHL on ice... I can't tell where your sarcasm begins or ends.

Mass Effect was my favorite trilogy of all time, despite its few obvious shortcomings. The only series that made me buy and enjoy every piece of DLC available. With what I've seen of Andromeda in reviews and such, I'm actually terrified of being disappointed and for that reason I'm still on the fence about getting the game eventually. Also, a game without Shepard and the crew to me is only a "fan" game set in the same universe. It's weird how powerful creations can make its fans irrational sometimes, but that's how I feel.

That said I'm not worried about the folks at Bioware Montreal. They'll keep making great stuff (some of them are ex-colleagues of mine).
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 12 days ago
"you know Battlefield 2 has been out since 2005, right?"

@Hugo--I think he means the sequel to last year's Battlefield 1.

As for Mass Effect, the franchise is too big and successful to be put on ice(yes I realize that this has still happened to other successful franchises). They should really do more with their transmedia too. A Mass Effect live action film done correctly could be epic.
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