Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare, recently hopped on the studio’s official blog to confirm Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s release date. The game will launch before the end of Q1 2017, which feels a touch early despite the fact the game’s been in the marketing sphere for a few years now.
On behalf of our teams across Montreal, Edmonton and Austin, I’m excited to announce that Mass EffectTM: Andromeda will be launching in North America on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 and beginning Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Europe. We appreciate your patience (and in fact, even your lack of patience in some instances) as we’ve been focused on completing the game. Here’s a little bit of context into how we’ve gotten here.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date. We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we’re bringing Mass Effect to the FrostbiteTM game engine, an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.
Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the “holiday build”. This is a longstanding studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great. Getting the endorsement from members of our studio, many of whom played key roles on the original trilogy, was definitely a key factor in helping us lock in on the date.
Even more exciting for us over the last couple of months has been seeing the excitement build in the community as we’ve started to share more about the game. The passion you have for the franchise continues to drive us. And now, we’re just a couple of months away from delivering a brand new Mass Effect experience to you for the first time in five years – richer, deeper and ready for exploration. We’re excited about how far we are going with the franchise, and we hope you find it’s been worth the wait.
See you in Andromeda,
It’s exciting to hear that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be out so soon, but we do have our worries; Just one month ago BioWare had to rush to defend some unpleasant facial animation in their gameplay trailer after a wave of criticism cropped up on Twitter following its debut. At that point, BioWare was quick to say the animation was still a work in progress. We’ll have to trust that they can iron that out, along with any other outstanding issues, before April 2017.
We’re still keeping a cautious eye on Mass Effect: Andromeda; We’ve seen a lot of sizzle reels and combat sequences, but its most intriguing promises – colonizing a new galaxy, encountering alien creatures, and unfolding new relationships – have been almost entirely missing from the footage we’ve seen so far. We’ve talked before about how we hope this is a problem of marketing and not the game itself, and we certainly would understand it – there’s nothing sexy or heart-pounding about a dialogue tree after all. Hopefully, the next three months will be enough time to polish things up and get the game ready for release. We’d like to see some reassurance that the old soul of the Mass Effect series is still in there somewhere, too.
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