Will the Delay Result in Mass Effect: Andromeda Being a Better Game?
Unfortunately for the fans of the series, the next entry, Mass Effect: Andromeda, has been delayed and is now set to launch in early 2017, according to EA CFO Blake Jorgenson. It was originally slated to come out in Q4 this year. Previously, Jorgenson stated, “We’ve got a great year ahead… We have our Mirror’s Edge runner game this first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So, big year ahead and we’re pretty excited.”
The game was revealed during EA’s E3 press conference last year, with a brief teaser revealing very little in terms of story or plot. Not much else is known about the new Mass Effect game, except that it is not planned to be a direct sequel to the previous trilogy (unfortunately, no Commander Shepard and his crew), but will rather star new protagonists, most likely a new ship to replace Normandy, completely new worlds, new races of aliens you will get a chance to befriend or combat, and totally unknown planets aside from those we have already seen previously.
It will also be taking place “far away from and long after the events of the original trilogy,” so you should probably abandon any hope that you will get to see old friends such as Garrus, Tali, Ashley, and the rest. However, the games might be connected in some minor details, and it was revealed that you might want to keep your saved games for Andromeda because they may have some effect on the game, at least potentially with some Easter eggs.
With some of the Bioware crew members having recently left the company and the game, such as the lead writer, Chris Schlerf, who moved over to work with Destiny developer Bungie, the delay was inevitable. Since there is little information on the game, the fans don’t really know what to hope for – only that the new Commander will be as epic as Shepard was.