May 11th 2017

Mass Effect Studio Changes and Hiatus

Mass Effect: Andromeda has received a mixed reaction from the public, with many people upset over various things that didn't seem to be problems in earlier games. Some people have wondered where the sci-fi series will be going next, and the answer is nowhere (at least for the moment). BioWare has put the next Mass Effect on hiatus while it focuses on other series, and has a few ideas for BioWare Montreal, the studio behind Andromeda.

This doesn't mean Mass Effect is finished with Andromeda. Not with how much money it keeps making, and how popular it still is. According to sources at Kotaku they're just shelving the game for now so they can come back to it some time later.

So if BioWare Montreal isn't working on the next Mass Effect game, what are they doing? Well, many of them were moved to EA Motive in Montreal to work on Battlefront II. The people still at the actual studio will split between working on a new project code named Dylan, and continuing to work on Andromeda's multiplayer.

BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy said in a statement, "Our teams at BioWare and across EA put in tremendous effort bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to players around the world. Even as BioWare continues to focus on the Mass Effect Andromeda community and live service, we are constantly looking at how we’re prepared for the next experiences we will create.
The teams in EA Worldwide Studios are packed with talent, and more than ever, we are driving collaboration between studios on key projects.
With our BioWare and Motive teams sharing studio space in Montreal, we have BioWare team members joining Motive projects that are underway. We’re also ramping up teams on other BioWare projects in development.

There will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead."

Mass Effect Andromeda was supposed to be a reboot of the popular series, but was not received as well as BioWare had hoped. It was also the first game developed mainly by BioWare Montreal. They have been working on improving what fans disliked most about the game with a patch last month improving flaws in facial animations, and a recent patch improving cinematic sequences and more.