Mass Effect Put On The Back Burner: BioWare Branching Out

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re bound to know that Bioware’s latest game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, has had a mixed review from the gaming community at large. Some enjoyed the game for what it was, while others absolutely railed it for a variety of reasons: from poor voice acting to poorly done graphics. That said, fans of the franchise have only had one things on their mind in regards to the series – and that would be where it’s going next.

The answer is no where – at least for now.

BioWare has put Mass Effect on their back burner for the foreseeable future. They have instead turned BioWare Montreal, the developer of the game, into a support studio for the rest of their projects. Admittedly this doesn’t mean that their won’t be another Mass Effect game, just that it will be unlikely to be coming anytime soon.

This seems to be confirmed by BioWare transferring employees from their Montreal branch to the studio EA Motive – also in Montreal – to work on Star Wars Battlefront II. The remaining employees from BioWare Montreal will run support for any other games that EA will have in production, such as  the upcoming title named Dylan – which is reportedly going to be announced this E3. The studio will also keep patching and providing support Andromeda’s multiplayer.

This action seems to be a smart move on EA’s part. They need to step back and reassess what it is they did right, or wrong, with their hit series. With enough time to sit and reflect, hopefully taking in fan assessments of the game, they will potentially come back with a better version of the game in the future. This is especially hopeful as there will likely be a few more games in the franchise, as Mass Effect: Andromeda was envisioned as a reboot of the series for EA. That said, we know that most games come in threes – or more – and we can only hope the following games won’t be as poorly executed.

Who knows what the future will hold for Mass Effect, but for now all it holds is quiet reflection and tons of disappointed fans.

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