In a move that surprises absolutely no one, EA has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will not be released this coming holiday season. CFO Blake Morgan stated while speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that the game is scheduled for a release in the fourth quarter of its 2016 fiscal year.
Translated into a more generic everyday fiscal calendar, that translates into the Q1 of 2017.
“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 that they brought into that brand.
Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted around the fast, action-driven shooter market, as well as the strategy-driven market in that quarter.
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.”
Can’t say I’m surprised. We’ve seen far too little for this to be a holiday release, and despite the massive allure of the series, I don’t think it can pull in the numbers that Fallout 4 saw.
Can’t say I’m disappointed, either. Mass Effect is my favorite franchise created within the last decade, and I want to dedicate my full attention to its next installment. My schedule already has me neck deep in the latest JRPGs for the entire year, so less competition for my free time means more opportunities to lose myself in its wonderful sci-fi universe.
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in Q1 2017.