After the mixed reception of Mass Effect: Andromeda, many players have wondered about the future of the franchise and, if new rumors are reliable, we can say that its outlook does not look encouraging. What we are referring to is that, according to information from Kotaku, Electronic Arts decided to interrupt the development of the franchise.
The publication indicates that 4 sources close to the company stressed that this does not mean that you will never see a new Mass Effect. What this means is that, rather than the development team of Andromeda start developing a sequel right away, BioWare will not work on Mass Effect for a while.
On the other hand, sources say that BioWare Montreal will be transformed into a support studio, so it will now help BioWare in the development of Dylan, its new IP that will arrive until 2018. Also, the studio will be dedicated to support and create content for the multiplayer of Andromeda. In short, BioWare Montreal will continue to exist, but it will now focus on helping other people’s projects.
It is important to note that this comes a month after several BioWare Montreal employees were transferred to EA Motive to work on Star Wars: Battlefront II.
When asked to comment, Electronic Arts sent a statement explaining that collaboration between studios is a key part of their future, and they are constantly reviewing how they are prepared for the new experiences they want to create. In the end, the distributor assured that “there will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda was the first project to be run by BioWare Montreal (BioWare Edmonton took over the rest of the franchise), a studio that was founded in 2009 to develop DLC for Mass Effect 2. Although supported by other BioWare studios – Edmonton and Austin – Montreal faced major technical challenges, in addition to that the project had a change of focus in the middle of its development cycle.
Interestingly, in the financial report presented by Electronic Arts yesterday, Andrew Wilson, CEO of the company, was pleased with Mass Effect: Andromeda. The executive said that this is a game with the seal of the studio, and mentioned that it will have support for a long time.
Mass Effect: Andromeda debuted on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in late March.