Sources close to Bioware have signaled that Mass Effect has been shelved by the company as a priority in their catalog.
This claim comes one day after the publishers earning call where the CEO Andrew Wilson stated that “We’re very happy with how Bioware is doing, how Bioware is treating Mass Effect. And our expectations for Mass Effect are still strong for the future and the franchise overall.”
In response to multiple outlet’s requests for comment, BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy issued the following statement:
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.
While development on a new title in the series is off the table, for now, fixes and downloadable content will continue to be produced at Bioware Montreal, the studio responsible for the bulk of Mass Effect Andromeda. While multiplayer DLC appears to be on the table, there has been no news about single-player content. However, Kotaku reports that a month ago, some of the staff moved to EA Motive to assist with the development of Star Wars Battlefront II.
The overall reception to Mass Effect Andromeda was tepid, with complaints about the UI and graphics being common. Our own review gave it a score of 7/10, saying that “insurmountable technical failings that outweigh all the good that this game has to offer.”
At present, Bioware is hard at work on a new IP code-named Dylan. Bioware and EA haven’t said much on the game, but that it has been built around a live service. Dylan is expected to be debuted at EA Play just ahead of E3 next month.