According to Kotaku, Mass Effect is now stuck in stasis after its publisher EA moved a lot of the people behind it to help with another project, Dylan.
Although the series is a long way away from being dead (there’s just too much potential in it and investment poured in to cut the cord), the transfer of talent from BioWare Montreal means that we won’t see a new Mass Effect game for quite some time.
This also adds to staff from BioWare Montreal being moved to EA Motive, another company based in Montreal, to help out with Battlefront 2. Anyone left in BioWare Montreal will now go on to other support roles, as well as keeping Andromeda’s multiplayer spick and span. Not many people are losing their jobs because of a perceived disappointment with Andromeda – their talents are just being utilised elsewhere.
Speaking to Kotaku, EA sent over the following correspondence from BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy:
“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.”
Critical reception for Mass Effect Andromeda has not been kind, mainly because of the game’s strange facial animations and lack of polish in performance. In my review for the game, I appreciated its scope while also bemoaning the missing ME spirit:
“Mass Effect: Andromeda presents a promising fresh start for the franchise that’s held back by a myriad of technical and mechanical problems. It’s a rough diamond that needs more polish, but if you can spare the time to get to its core, you might be pleasantly surprised.”
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