The fallout from Mass Effect Andromeda’s tepid reception was immense. We’ve heard reports of DLC expansions being cancelled, the series being put on ice, and of course, Bioware Montreal being absorbed by EA Motive. According to EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund though, the series may not be as dead as we believed.
“For Mass Effect as a franchise, that has such a big fanbase, and you know I’ve seen people saying ‘Oh, EA’s not making another Mass Effect’. I see no reason why we shouldn’t come back to Mass Effect,” said Soderlund in an interview with GameReactor UK. “Why not? It’s a spectacular universe, it’s a loved series, it has a big fanbase, and it’s a game that has done a lot for EA and for BioWare”.
There’s still hope for the series yet then, although the pressure will be on for any successor to succeed. Make no mistake, there’ll be many a critical eye cast over whatever Mass Effect arrives next and it’s certainly not a series that can bank on a free pass, as Mass Effect Andromeda proved.
Speaking of which, Soderlund also said that despite a few niggles, Mass Effect Andromeda has ended up a great game, claiming “as a whole, if you go in and you buy the game today with everything that’s in it today, I believe that that’s a game worth buying, personally”. The insinuation here is that Mass Effect Andromeda wasn’t all it was supposed to be in time for launch, although even in its sorry 1.0 state Soderland says “the game got criticized a little bit more than it deserved.”
Unfortunately, that’s just part and parcel of being one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world - when fans expectations are sky high they’ll only accept the best. While this is a bit of a sweeping generalisation, I'd hazard a guess that most Mass Effect fans are also a little more critical and persnickety than your average COD-happy blaster.
Source: GameReactor UK