Report: EA puts Mass Effect on hold as BioWare Montreal is downsized

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Mass Effect put on hold by EA

Mass Effect Andromeda struggled to gain momentum from the moment it hit the ground. The plethora of technical issues and lukewarm critical reception were uncommon for the space RPG franchise, despite it still being a relatively good game. The negative attention has seemingly not gone unnoticed either, and EA has reportedly already made moves to shelve the series for the time being. Mass Effect is on ice for the foreseeable future, and its development studio is being restructured.

A report from Kotaku states that BioWare Montreal is being turned into a support studio, helping out other BioWare properties and EA studios. Some of the development team has already been shuffled to EA Motive, who are helping DICE on the single-player content for Star Wars Battlefront II. The rest of the studio is aiding BioWare Edmonton – the main studio who is heading up their new IP, Project Dylan. The game is expected to be announced at E3, but might only launch in 2019.

Support for Andromeda will also continue, with BioWare Montreal continuing to push out patches and fixes for the recent title. But fans hoping for some continuation of Andromeda’s tale should brace themselves for a wait. There’s no indication that EA are assigning a team to a follow-up immediately, with the report indicating that they’re instead letting the series sit for sometime.

Mass Effect Andromeda was the first game in the franchise that BioWare Montreal had developed. The studio was founded to help create additional content for both Mass Effect 2 and 3, which were headed up by BioWare Edmonton at the time. The development of Andromeda was troubled though, with the team experiencing a multitude of technical issues and a shifting scope change that resulted in the many issues you see still standing in the final product.

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Mass Effect is a huge property for EA, so it’s unlikely that the series is gone forever. But just like the wait between Mass Effect 3 and Andromeda, don’t expect anything new anytime soon.

Last Updated: May 11, 2017

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.

  • HairyEwok

    Again, great game with potential but baaaaaad developing.

  • Galbedir

    Another legendary studio name to add to EA’s graveyard. So many great studios destroyed by EA. Goodbye BioWare, you WERE one of the greats…

  • Hammersteyn
    • I miss you Bullfrog 🙁

    • For the Emperor!

      But…they are already in the image…or do they deserver to be there twice after the “fiasco” that is Andromeda? 😛

      • Hammersteyn

        So they are. What a strange logo O_o

        • miaau

          Yeah, I was wondering what you were going on about. Old logo though

    • Alessandro Barbosa

      Why is Visceral there? They’re working on a new Star Wars game with the director of Uncharted 1 and 2. They’re far from dead 😛

      • miaau

        Visceral? Did they not make some awesome space flight sim in the late 90’s or early 00’s?

      • Hammersteyn

        Um…. they were revived, or they respawned… yeah that’s it.

    • miaau

      Ah, westwood.

      Westwood also ate up another game maker in the early 90;s who made all those AD&D. Silver something?

      Ah Bullfrog.

      syndicate was loads and loads and loads of fun.

      • Chris Summers

        SSI goldboxes?

  • MonsterCheddar

    Losing face all over the place…..

    • For the Emperor!

      Fits with the animations 😛

      • Hammersteyn

        XD

      • MonsterCheddar

        That was the basis of the pun ;P

  • Ouch…

  • Ghost In The Rift

    Damn, might only get to play the next game when i’m in my 40s or dead….Sh*#t…..only care about The Remnant and their creators who might exactly be like the Protheans in the end….F#*k the Kett and their bony moms and dads

  • Craig “CrAiGiSh” Dodd

    EA screwed up even ME:3 … but no one listened …

  • miaau

    I just bought it, on sale. For a title like this already be on sale, as my said last night, it must bad or perceived to be bad.

    BUT, I still see value (else I would not have bought) and will just enter the game. I never watched a trailer, a video or the like, but have read reviews.

    AND the game, despite nearly being installed (44 Gb) would not load up BECAUSE they released a new patch yesterday that claims to fix a lot of stuff I do not understand.

    Will see.

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