Gamers who were hoping to play Mass Effect: Andromeda, the fourth title in the popular sci-fi RPG series from video game developer BioWare and publisher Electronic Arts, might already be aware that the initially announced December 2016 release date window was pushed back recently to a tentatively planned March 2017 unveiling. Alongside other EA tent pole productions, such as Battlefield 5, Titanfall 2, and a followup to Mirror's Edge, the new BioWare production is among the most hotly anticipated titles in the current lineup of new games from EA.
Following the recent departure of former lead scribe Chris Schlerf to work on Destiny 2 with competing publisher Bungie, the fate of the first Mass Effect title to not feature Commander Shepard and the crew of the SSV Normandy SR-2 has been a bit of a mystery, though it appears as though the new game has announced an updated release date.
According to engadget, during a recent investor call with EA CFO Blake Jorgensen the full slate of fiscal release dates over the course of the coming year resulted in certain announcements pertaining to the publisher's plans for 2017 releases. In response to the questions posed, Jorgensen stated:
"We've got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built, it's called Titanfall, it's the second title they've brought out under that brand. Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted at around both fast action-driven shooter market as well as the strategy driven market in that quarter. We have all our sports games, we have our Mirror's Edge runner game that's first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter."
Following that logic, it is safe to assume that Andromeda should see release during the first few months of 2017, putting it in line with the previously anticipated March 2017 release date window. As for as what fans of the franchise can expect to find from the title remains to be seen, save for a gameplay leak suggesting certain details about the explicit content to be found in the game.
With both Battlefield 5 and Titanfall 2 taking precedence over the latest BioWare RPG on the part of EA, perhaps the team behind Andromeda can use the extra period to continue developing the core story, and hopefully overcome the still recent departure of their former lead screenwriter. It will undoubtedly be a different kind of game than the initial trilogy starring Commander Shepard, but with any luck the fourth Mass Effect game will offer even more incentive to play for those who have stuck with the series through thick and thin since 2007.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be available to purchase from all participating retailers for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2017.