Is 'Mass Effect' Series on Hiatus After 'Andromeda' to Make Way For New 'Dylan' IP?
Following the lukewarm response to BioWare's "Mass Effect: Andromeda," reports have recently surfaced about the series' impending hiatus.
"Mass Effect" Series On Hold, Says Sources
According to Kotaku's sources, Electronic Arts is said to be putting the "Mass Effect" franchise on hold, and has turned the game's development studio, BioWare Montreal, into a support studio.
Kotaku also pointed out that some members of BioWare Montreal has been moved to another Montreal-based studio EA Motive last month, to help out with the Electronic Arts' other highly anticipated game "Star Wars Battlefront 2."
BioWare Montreal is also helping out with Electronic Arts' new IP, which is said to be getting a special reveal at this year's EA Play at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June. The IP's main developer is BioWare Edmonton, and the project is said to be delayed to fiscal year 2019.
What's Next for "Mass Effect"?
The news about the series' hiatus had some fans worried about the future of "Mass Effect," especially after the below average reception of its latest title, "Mass Effect: Andromeda." Electronic Arts, however, would probably not leave one of their biggest franchises that easily.
In the latest Electronic Arts earnings call, CEO Andrew Wilson talked about the furore around "Mass Effect: Andromeda."
"And while overall the aggregate review scores were lower than we would have liked, we did have over 100 reviewers score the game at 80 or higher," Wilson said. "So it represents a fanbase that's very passionate, that's looking for very particular things, and many players found exactly what they're looking for, and some players did not."
"So we're very happy with kind of how BioWare is doing, how BioWare is treating Mass Effect," Wilson concluded, "And our expectations for Mass Effect are still strong for the future and the franchise overall."
With that said, Electronic Arts basically reassured fans that the "Mass Effect" series is here to stay, although we might not see a follow up to "Mass Effect: Andromeda" anytime soon. Will putting the franchise on hold a good move by EA? We will find out soon.
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