The GM of BioWare, Aaryn Flynn, has released a statement on behalf of the studio to inform of us that on March 21, 2017 (And a couple days later in Europe), Mass Effect: Andromeda is going to be released. Mass Effect is one of the iconic franchises in gaming, and Aaryn calls this their most ambitious title in the series to date. Here’s a look at some of the things he wants you to get excited about:
- Completely new stories,
- New characters,
- New planets,
- New species,
- New gameplay systems,
- And, for the first time in a Mass Effect game, the Frostbite engine.
Notice a theme? New, new, new. We’re confident that despite all of the newness, this game will still have the same qualities and charms that have drawn in countless players and catapulted this series to the top of many lists.
It’s been a long road, but we can always appreciate when a developer is able to take their time to ensure they’re putting out a quality product. Not every IP is able to be afforded that luxury, not to say there weren’t long nights and tight deadlines along the way.
Here’s Aaryn on the upgrade to using Frostbite:
“…an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.” – Aaryn Flynn from Bioware.
A BioWare Holiday Tradition
During the holidays, the team at BioWare got their hands on a “holiday build” version of the game, which has been a tradition all the back to when they were making the first Mass Effect title. During their time away, they play through the game at their leisure, as if they were a fan (And many are), to ensure they’re making the kinds of games that they’d actually want to play in their free time. It gives them a chance to clear their heads and get a new perspective on the game, and apparently the feedback when they return to the studio is incredibly helpful.
After many key members of the team weighed in with feedback, they were able to see what kinds of adjustments were needed, and to finally set the date: March 21.
“We’re just a couple of months away from delivering a brand new Mass Effect experience to you for the first time in five years – richer, deeper and ready for exploration. We’re excited about how far we are going with the franchise, and we hope you find it’s been worth the wait.” – Aaryn Flynn