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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.

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

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  1. You could say that writing for Bungie is his Destiny.


    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 16, 2016 at 15:11

      *Slides shades across eyes* YAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa


  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 16, 2016 at 10:08

    “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?


  3. Loftus

    February 16, 2016 at 10:12

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


    • Hammersteyn

      February 16, 2016 at 10:15

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


      • Loftus

        February 16, 2016 at 10:17

        So it wasn’t your first delete ?


        • Hammersteyn

          February 16, 2016 at 10:18



          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 16, 2016 at 10:20

            Third deletion of turd software?

          • Hammersteyn

            February 16, 2016 at 10:25

            same for Warframe 😛

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 16, 2016 at 10:26

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

      • RinceThis

        February 16, 2016 at 10:39

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


  4. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 16, 2016 at 10:13

    Was he injured in a car crash?


  5. oVg

    February 16, 2016 at 11:18

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


  6. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 16, 2016 at 15:15

    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.


  7. chimera_85

    February 16, 2016 at 16:16

    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


  8. James Anderton

    February 17, 2016 at 11:03

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


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