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Art book suggests Mass Effect: Andromeda will be out on March 21, 2017

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Video game transmedia isn’t unusual. We’ve seen all manner of tie-in merchandising for video games – including films, animated shorts, and novelizations. One of the more common ones is comic books – and for good reason. There’s a pretty significant crossover between fans of the two media – and when done well, can offer up great, digestible exposition that’s not necessary for the game. Another bit of superfluous media that generally sits well with those who appreciate games is the sort that happily adorns coffee tables: Art books.

It’s not surprising then, that Mass Effect Andromeda is getting such an art book, published by the folks at Dark Horse comics. What is a little surprising, is that said publisher may have let slip the game’s release date.

According to the The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s pre-order page on Amazon (via Destructoid), the book will be out on March 21, 2017. That in itself is insignificant – but a bit of information nestled in its descriptions suggests that the game will be out on that date too.


“Dark Horse will release The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda simultaneously with the game!” says the book’s blurb. While it’s possible – even probable – that it’s a placeholder date, it seems an unlikely one. The usual placeholder dates are the end of periods or years – so you’ll see December 31 or dates of that ilk a lot.

That date also happens to be on a Tuesday – which is the day that games are traditionally released in the US.

Last Updated: October 10, 2016


  1. Admiral Chief

    October 10, 2016 at 12:58

    Geoff back from leave?


  2. Generic ZA

    October 10, 2016 at 13:00

    Well spotted Geoff, game looks promising.


  3. Original Heretic

    October 10, 2016 at 13:02

    How did Tuesday’s become the traditional release day for games in the US? Just seems so random.


    • Zoe Hawkins

      October 10, 2016 at 13:11

      Restocking day after the weekend rush? no idea…


    • Geoffrey Tim

      October 10, 2016 at 13:13

      It’s actually traditionally the same day that CD’s etc have been sent to retail in the us for ages – and it’s because of logistics. Games in the 80’s, didnt have a set traditional date – but that changed for Sonic 2. interesting read. http://www.businessinsider.com/why-video-games-are-released-on-tuesdays-2014-11


      • Original Heretic

        October 10, 2016 at 13:20

        Interesting read, indeed. Thanks, Geoff.


  4. Archdruid Kromas

    October 10, 2016 at 13:29

    Mass Effect news! Is it N7 day already?! Nope just rumours …. dammit.


  5. Darren Peach

    October 10, 2016 at 13:34

    So, Off topic. I see Metacritic has less than stellar reviews for Mafia 3. Strangely enough, The bulk of them were posted on the 7th and 8th last week. Weird if you consider there was a review embargo at the time all these people had mysteriously reviewed this game. There are virtually no professional critics reviews on the website, Just user reviews. The bulk are negative and leads me to believe folks are trolling the game. Given the locked frame-rate issue, I am inclined to believe many were or are PC gamers who were disgruntled at this very fact. Naturally, I am making a assumption, But my faith in the gaming community has deteriorated to the point of incredulous disbelief. The opening 2 hours of this game are fabulous and feel so natural in terms of pace and story. While I was sidetracked with the Underground expansion of The Division, I can tell Mafia 3 is something special. PEACE !


  6. BacchusZA

    October 10, 2016 at 14:10

    March next year for my next dose of Mass Effect goodness?


    Best I start preparing the young lady for virtual widowhood for at least a week or two after it’s released………


  7. 40 Insane Frogs

    October 10, 2016 at 14:35

    lol, I’m not falling for the hype Bioware. #ShakesGloriousfistofJustice


  8. HairyEwok

    October 10, 2016 at 16:02

    Well my birthday is on the 20th March…. I would greatly appreciate the collectors edition. THANKS GUYS!


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