It’s time for some disappointing news for Mass Effect fans. The rumors of Andromeda being delayed from the end of this year to early 2017 have been confirmed.
According to Aaryn Flynn, the general manager of BioWare who delivered the announcement, the delay is because they “need the right amount of time to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda is supposed to be bigger and better than anything previously done in the series, with “an unprecedented level of freedom” and “visuals, story, and gameplay that have never been done in franchise history.” The description doesn’t go into specifics, and these statements leave room for conjecture. For example, does the “unprecedented” freedom mean Andromeda will contain a wider variety of choices and consequences, or does it instead imply an open-world approach like that used in Dragon Age: Inquisition?
We’ll have a better idea in a little over a month, because while the news of the delay is disappointing, it was accompanied by a piece of good news, as well. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be at E3 2016, as a part of EA’s EA PLAY press conference. EA’s show will be held on June 12 at 1 PM PST / 4 PM EST.
It was largely expected Andromeda would be shown at E3, but now we have official confirmation. Last year, the game was only briefly teased, so hopefully EA will give us a solid look at Andromeda this year. A new trailer, or better yet, gameplay, will be great to see.
BioWare has lost several key members recently, including people who were working on Andromeda. Whether or not those departures are connected to the delay, they did raise concerns among fans that the game might suffer as a result. Add in the controversy caused by Mass Effect 3’s ending, and the players who were displeased with the direction Dragon Age: Inquisition took, and Mass Effect: Andromeda needs a good showing to reassure fans.
The delay is disappointing, but the E3 confirmation is good, and we can’t complain if the delay leads to a better game. What do you hope Mass Effect: Andromeda will be like?