Mass Effect fans are getting antsy over the absence of their beloved sci-fi franchise. We’re less than six month away from the the Q1 2017 release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, and yet, we’ve seen so little of it. No gameplay, minimal characters and storyline, and only brief glimpses of action.
We’ve seen a lot of developers working on the game in EA’s trailers, of course, but so little of the game itself. Gamescom 2016 was no different with the title not turning up.
EA wants everyone to relax. The game is doing just fine, and it is even playable in some forms behind the scenes. As for the Mass Effect remasters everyone wants to play, EA is backing off of its staunch “anti-remaster” position with Executive Vice president for EA Studios Patrick Soderlund now explaining to Game Informer that the company is “actively looking” at making them happen.
What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.
We have to be careful in choosing the right brands for the right reasons at the right time. A remaster is something that you can just do or do it really well. I want to make sure that if we were to do it, we would do it really well and that people feel that it’s the same game but it feels so much better in this new shape and form. There have been titles that have come out that have done it really well, and there have been others that maybe haven’t done it so well. We just want to make sure that we stay in the ‘done it really well’ camp.
Well, hurry up and do it really well! Has there ever been better timing than now? The series is less than half a year away from reinventing itself for a whole new generation, and plenty of fans out there, myself included, would love the chance to re-explore the universe, hang out with the old crew, and listen to the silky singing voice of Mordin Solus.
Not that I need a remaster to do so, because the originals are just fine for me, but plenty of gamers out there are only ever satisfied with the latest and the greatest.
As for Mass Effect: Andromeda, Soderlund promises we’ll be seeing gameplay soon.
You’ll get [your first look at gameplay] in the not too distant future. I get people want to see gameplay and I just came back from a short vacation and I played through the first three hours of the game. It’s very playable, and there is no alarm about, ‘Why aren’t they showing it?’ It’s strictly that the game will get the right type of exposure at the right time and that we can the right voice for it. Right now we’re focused on our big titles for [October through December], and when that’s done, we’ll shift to Mass Effect. You’ll see a lot more very shortly.
EA’s gotta focus on Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 before it can focus on Mass Effect. I say priority shifts are in order, but then again, it’s not my business. Mass Effect: Andromeda is expected for release in Q1 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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