Mass Effect lead writer leaves for Bungie

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Mass Effect Andromeda writer departs

Mass Effect: Andromeda is , as it stands, set to release somewhere within the next 365 days and a bit thanks to EA confirming their next fiscal year line-up a few days ago. The franchise is seeking to kick off an entirely brand new trilogy within the universe, with all new stories, characters and adventures to be had with a new crew. Mass Effect has always prioritized story, and Andromeda’s lead writer had decided to leave following its completion.

Christopher Schlerf, who previously left 343 Industries after completing Halo 4 to write the new Mass Effect, has revealed his departure from BioWare Montreal for greener pastures at Bungie. Schlerf confirmed the news via Twitter, making it clear that the decision rested solely on his longing to return to Seattle.

It does complete a sort of odd circle, with Schlerf joining the studio that essentially laid the foundation for his work on Halo 4. There’s no doubt that his writing in a sci-fi setting is alluring to Bungie and their narratively struggling shooter, which they’re hoping to sustain with loads of content before a full sequel next year. Schlerf will no doubt be busy with a team making sure that it’s a little more Taken King, and less, well, everything before that.

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What does it mean for Mass Effect: Andromeda though? Well probably not much. BioWare leads most of their games with narrative, which means the script for Andromeda has probably been finished for a while now. Nevermind the fact that the game is expected within a year, which isn’t exactly enough time to still be dabbling with critical story details.

So Mass Effect is safe and Destiny has bagged a proven, well renowned writer. Win win?

Last Updated: February 16, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Pariah

    You could say that writing for Bungie is his Destiny.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      *Slides shades across eyes* YAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    “Destiny has bagged a proven, well renowned writer” If the story doesn’t get any better can we update the article to say tea-bagged instead?

  • Loftus

    @hammersteyn:disqus Destiny might, now let me get this right, GIT GUD! shame that you deleted it and all. 😛

    • Hammersteyn

      Usually after I delete it the crew wants to start Raiding again. Hopefully not this time

      • Loftus

        So it wasn’t your first delete ?

        • Hammersteyn


          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Third deletion of turd software?

          • Hammersteyn

            same for Warframe 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Still installed, you need a better platform to run it on it seems, keeps on crashing on inferior hardware

      • Hell, dive back in! I mean, helldivers much? tehehe

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Was he injured in a car crash?

  • oVg

    So… his new job is naming the guns in Destiny?

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    For a second I thought it was the guy responsible for the “Red, Blue and Green” ending in MEH3. A smile appeared on my face, but then I realised it’s Schlerf, and went back to sipping my tea.

  • chimera_85

    If this guy only worked on Andromeda and none of the previous games it’s all good and as you said, the game story is probably done and what not

  • I don’t have time to explain why I don’t have time to explain

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