Mass Effect was a huge franchise half a decade ago, but it still remains to be seen if it secured enough lasting power to survive five years of absence. EA is expecting pretty big numbers out of the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda, ballparking it at roughly 3 million copies worldwide at launch.
EA CFO Blake Jorgensen put the number out during the company’s Q3 earnings call. The game is also set to launch several days before the end of the financial quarter, and Jorgensen stated that we can expect roughly 30 to 50 percent of its lifetime sales to fall within these first few days.
Afterward, the remaining sales are expected to match the launch, and if the 50 percent holds up to EA’s estimates, it should sell roughly 6 million in total. This is the same number of copies that Mass Effect 3 sold over its lifetime, starting in 2012.
It’s a whole new galaxy for Mass Effect
As mentioned before, Mass Effect: Andromeda is launching into a whole new generation, one with a new batch of gamers who might have missed the first three titles. If you’re not up to date yet on the original trilogy, do yourself a favor and check them out. EA has been stingy with the HD remasters, but all three games are backwards compatible on the Xbox One.
That should be the best way to get caught up before Mass Effect: Andromeda launches on March 21 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.