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Everyone’s suspicions were confirmed over the weekend, as BioWare posted an ‘Update from the Studio’ on the future for the Mass Effect: Andromeda story, to whit: there is no future for it. At least not as far as the game goes.
The post reads, ‘With each patch, you let us know we were heading in the right direction, and we’re grateful to everyone who joined us on this journey. We’re proud of what we created, and we hope you enjoyed it as well.’
‘Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.’
The multiplayer will still be supported, and there are still upcoming comics and novels for the game (including one that will give us the fate of the quarian ark), but that’s it for Andromeda, which had an rocky launch due to its bugs and facial animations, and received a mixed review response.
All hope is not lost for Mass Effect as a franchise, though. BioWare’s new general manager Casey Hudson responded to a fan tweet on the matter, saying that he loves Mass Effect ‘too much to not want to work on it again in the future’.
Hudson was the project director on the original Mass Effect trilogy, so if anyone can breathe life back into the franchise, it’s probably him. Can we take a moment to revisit the alien babies concept by Ben Lo? Please bare that in mind, Casey.