Mass Effect Andromeda was a commercial and critical failure that led to the franchise being put on hold, but Bioware is not done with it.
Polygon recently published a studio profile on Bioware talking about their past and future projects. In this article, the studio leads, Cassey Hudson and Mark Darrah both reflected on Mass Effect as a franchise confirming that Bioware is not done with it.
While making a new game right now is difficult since they have their hands full with a new Dragon Age and Anthem, they are not putting the franchise to rest.
Mark Darrah is the executive producer on Anthem which is launching on February 15. He shared the following comment on Mass Effect’s future.
“We’re definitely not done with Mass Effect. There’s a lot of stories to be told. We could pull on the threads we put down with Andromeda; we could pull on threads from Mass Effect 3. There’s a lot of interesting space to be explored.”
Bioware General Manage, Cassey Hudson echoes the same comment citing an opportunity for the franchise to return in the future.
“In my mind, it’s very much alive,” says Hudson. “I’m thinking all the time about things that I think will be great. It’s just a matter of getting back to it as soon as we can.”
Mass Effect Andromeda launched on March 17, 2017, for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game was criticized for its lack of quality control and visuals while the sales didn’t manage to reach the same success as the previous games in the series.