While opinions on the conclusion to the Mass Effect trilogy vary from love to hate, most fans are looking forward to the next entry in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda. We know next to nothing about its gameplay or story, but it has the potential to be an epic science fiction RPG.
Unfortunately, it’s hard not to feel a little concerned about Andromeda when people involved in the project keep leaving BioWare. Back in December, development director Chris Wynn announced his departure from the company. It didn’t seem like there was too much cause for worry.
Then last month, in February, lead writer Chris Schlerf left BioWare. He moved on to Bungie, where he might be working on Destiny’s story. This caused some concern among fans about Andromeda’s story, although it mainly raised questions about BioWare overall, since Dragon Age writer David Gaider had also left.
Now, the senior editor for Mass Effect: Andromeda, Cameron Harris, is leaving the video game industry.
None of these things are likely connected to Andromeda specifically, but it doesn’t bode well for the game. Turnover in the development team could cause confusion and have a negative impact. If the writing, in particular, wasn’t finished before Chris Schlerf left, bringing a new writer onto the team could make the story disjointed.
Andromeda was originally planned to release near the end of 2016, with a holiday release window, but has been delayed to early 2017. Whether or not these departures caused the delay isn’t clear, but they can’t have helped.
How do you feel about the state of Mass Effect: Andromeda? Do the departures from BioWare of key people involved with Andromeda worry you, or do you think the game will be fine either way? Let us know in the comments.
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