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Mass Effect games shelved as BioWare downsize – report

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Electronic Arts has made the decision to put the Mass Effect series of games on ice for the time being, according to sources close to Kotaku’s Jason Schreier.

As a result of the shift, employees at developer BioWare Montreal have been shifted to EA Motive to work on Star Wars Battlefront 2 and BioWare’s new IP, the latter of which has been delayed. The Mass Effect studio is now operating on a support basis, focusing on improving Mass Effect Andromeda with a series of post-launch patches targeting the game’s multiplayer mode.

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BioWare’s Edmonton studio is currently working on the new IP, which is codenamed Dylan, with the developer’s Austin outfit assisting with the project. When contacted for comment on the matter,Yanick Roy, BioWare Montreal Studio Director commented: 

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 released on PS4, PC, and Xbox One in March 2017, although critical reception to the sci-fi RPG has been noticeably lukewarm in comparison to the previous instalments in the franchise. Gamers and critics alike were particular unimpressed with the poor facial animations and various bugs and glitches present at launch, although BioWare has since polished things up with the release of last month’s title update. 

The most recent Mass Effect Andromeda update, version 1.06, was released yesterday. See our earlier story for full details.

Source: Kotaku