Mass Effect Andromeda Now Officially Due Early 2017

Mass Effect Andromeda [official site] was officially due to launch towards the end of this year, though chatter from the moneymen made clear it’d be slipping into next. Now it’s proper-super official: BioWare have announced that the sci-fi shooter-RPG will be blasting off to a new frontier in “early 2017.” But hey, it sounds like they’ll give us a peek at it during E3 next month. Fingers crossed for a hanar crewmate, gang!

BioWare explained in the announcement:

“As we’ve been playing the game at the studio recently, it’s showing us that we’re taking the game in the right direction. But we also know we need the right amount of time to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be – that’s our commitment from all of us to all of you.”

They want to make Andromeda a good video game, and I think they want to marry us?

Mass Effect Andromeda will leave the Milky Way of earlier games behind, blasting off into the Andromeda galaxy as explorers bumbling into a new spacewar. That means new places, new species, new threats, and yeah, probably not (m)any familiar faces. Oh, and a new Mako spacecar! A smidge of supposed test footage showed a jetpack, but I wouldn’t take that as law.

BioWare say they’ll have “an update” on Andromeda during EA’s E3 press conference on June 12th. I’d expect at least some sort of cinematic trailer to go with that? If you’re ravenous for spacescraps.


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  1. MrFinnishDude says:

    No it's a super exclusive sneak peek of actual in-game footage.
    I heard that the whole game will play similar to Dragons Lair. Most of the game's content will come on Lexx VHS tapes due to technical limitations of current gen consoles.
  1. Parrilla says:

    Completely lost interest in Bioware games at this point. Last decent one was Dragon Age: Origins. The writing in Mass Effect was good though, I especially liked their take on the Collective Unconscious and the cultural effect it has. Here’s hoping they can make a good one this time.

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    phuzz says:

    A whole year to wait, yay.

    Any particular reason for the picture from Lexx? That was an odd show.

    • MrFinnishDude says:

      No it’s a super exclusive sneak peek of actual in-game footage.
      I heard that the whole game will play similar to Dragons Lair. Most of the game’s content will come on Lexx VHS tapes due to technical limitations of current gen consoles.

    • chuckieegg says:

      It was well weird. Like a euro Farscape.

    • malkav11 says:

      Yes, yes it was. I can wholeheartedly recommend the third season, though, which was kind of surreally brilliant. Fourth might have been good too, I didn’t get to see all of it. And the original miniseries. The first couple of show seasons are a little too one note and I wasn’t in love with their sense of humor.

      • Baines says:

        It gets better?

        I watched the miniseries, and found it entertaining enough to be willing to watch more. I then tried watching the first season, which I quickly found to be cringe-inducingly bad.

        • malkav11 says:

          Seasons 1 and 2 felt mainly like jokes about how pathetic Stan is. Season 3 takes place on a pair of paired planets known as Fire and Water and gets real weird and metaphysical, including the introduction of this guy:
          link to
          as the primary antagonist. He’s a lot of fun (and not a nice person, natch). Season 4 rolled things on to…Earth? Maybe? Except folks from season 3 kept showing up. But like I say, I never got to see the whole of season 4, so I don’t know what was up with that.

    • tomimt says:

      Becuase players worship Bioware’s shadow?

      • vlonk says:

        @tomimt This interpretation of biowares appael is utterly brilliant and I shall appropriate it for future use.

    • Rumpelstiltskin says:

      I still think it was the best space series. There was sheer brilliance behind all that weirdness, at wasn’t just some random shit thrown together.

    • slerbal says:

      Lexx was in equal parts brilliant and nuts – I loved it. I did prefer the original Xev though. The show had moments of the most amazing sci-fi and some awesome cameos.

    • soopytwist says:

      Lexx always seemed like a weird porn film without any porn.

  3. TormDK says:

    As expected.

    On the good side of things, this just means that the “Titan X” variant of Nvidia’s new Pascal series graphics cards might be ready by then.

    Oh the glory of such magical wonders, doubled up with a block buster AAA RPG to enjoy it on/with.

  4. melnificent says:

    Ah Lexx, the show you discovered on late night TV (channel 5 for me), and wondered “what?”, “Huh?” and finally “when’s it on again?”.

    • Maxheadroom says:

      First Babylon 5 now Lexx? RPS is toying with a lot of my 90’s nostalgia today.

      That said Lexx went particularly pants in later season. That ‘survivor island’ parody with the cock-carrots was especially dire

      • magogjack says:

        Yeah I couldn’t finish watching the last season. Though it was awesome when they went to P.E.I.

        • Rumpelstiltskin says:

          Then you missed the most epic Jon Snow moment ever.

  5. Auldman says:

    Being cynical about BioWare is video game hipsterism at it’s worst. Dragon Age Inquisition was a better game than Origins in every way. Deal with it. Mass Effect 3 was a better game than the first Mass Effect in every way. Deal with it. Bring it on BioWare!

    • Themadcow says:

      I guess for people who hate RPGs that’s probably true. Like people thinking Fallout 4 is better than Fallout 1.

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        Ninja Dodo says:

        Good job phrasing your disagreement with that opinion in the most insufferable way possible.

        • Troubletcat says:

          Although it was still less obnoxious than the original post and it’s multiple instances of “Opinion stated as fact: Deal with it.”

          Themadcow’s post followed the format of “That’s your opinion but your opinion is stupid.” which at least acknowledges that these things aren’t objective truths to some extent.

          Plus, Themadcow benefits from being closer to being correct… FO4 and Dragon Age: [NOT ORIGINS] seem to be generally despised by hardcore RPG fans. For good reason – they’re targeting a different market. And hardcore RPG fans feel burned because those were our franchises, damnit… Only for one game in the case of Origins but there was a lot of hope in the community resting on the DA franchise as basically a modernised follow-on from Infinity Engine games. Which we had. For one game. And then… THAT happened.

          • cautet says:

            I think the guy was just trolling by the ME3 comment also.

            Actually, I didn’t personally mind Dragons Age 2. I thought it was a paired down RPG but it was a hell of a lot better than Dragons Age Inquisition.

            What a total mess of a game. It was like someone tried to copy the worst ideas from other games then mesh them all together into one. Oblivion Gates? People loved those so let’s have something similar. Horses you can’t fight on? Lets have the whole gang try to get on one horse. Silly minigames and collect-a-thons and mmo style layout? Perfect!

            Fallout 4 isn’t bad just because it’s a paired down Fallout. Fallout 3 was OK, Fallout NV was decent and they were both paired down Fallouts. Fallout 4 has some good elements but the radiant stuff is meh, the writing is average, and most of the game you are just wading through filler. It’s not purely because of a different target market, it’s mainly due to a dip in quality in writing because they focused on quantity over quality and introducing cool elements like Settlements instead of getting the basics right.

            I’m not even sure Fallout 4 is that bad, I still played it a lot longer than Dragons Age I before quitting, and I still haven’t uninstalled it.

          • TheAngriestHobo says:

            “FO4 and Dragon Age: [NOT ORIGINS] seem to be generally despised by hardcore RPG fans. For good reason – they’re targeting a different market. And hardcore RPG fans feel burned because those were our franchises, damnit…”

            Well said. It’s one thing to open up a franchise to multiple genres (like the way Fallout Tactics existed alongside Fallout 2 for quite some time), but it’s quite another to incrementally edge out your original fanbase in the name of bland mass appeal.

        • Themadcow says:

          Thanks, I put literally seconds of thought into it. I was 50/50 as to whether the OP was trolling so didn’t feel like a detailed objection post was warranted.

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          I’ll grant you “deal with it!” is not the most conducive to balanced discussion, but given the often aggressively asserted ‘consensus’ that ME3 is entirely without merit and/or ME1 is the only ‘real’ Mass Effect depending on who you talk to it’s not surprising that those who disagree would similarly not feel the need to qualify their opinions with much nuance.

    • Jason Moyer says:

      Dragon Age Inquisition was a singleplayer MMO. I’m not sure how anyone managed to play through more than a half-dozen hours of it without being terminally bored, and I’m saying this as someone who actually enjoyed the second game.

      • melnificent says:

        Easy, they pretended it was a Kingdoms of Amalur sequel.

      • magogjack says:

        The witcher 3 basically ruined inquistion for me and I ended up just playing its multiplayer because I felt like that was the endgame content….

      • Sandepande says:

        Played through once, now at it again. Built six characters. About two hundred hours in. It’s fun.

        And what is this “our franchise” bullshit? It isn’t. It’s theirs. If they cock up, you stop buying.

  6. Raoul Duke says:

    Boo to your substitute Xev picture.

    • Jay Load says:

      The original couldn’t act to save herself. New Xev was a blessing.

  7. JakeOfRavenclaw says:

    I know it wasn’t universally loved, but I adored DA:I–it felt like the perfect synthesis of modenrn design trends and Bioware’s usual strong character work/high production values. The environments are gorgeous and rewarding to explore, the Assassin’s Creed-style collectibles are both worth getting (they unlock doors in a dungeon and give you some nice bonuses) and easy to ignore (if you don’t use the Ocularums, they’ll never even show up on your map), and the writing is smart and thoughtful (while the plot does kind of fall apart towards the end, I *loved* the focus on religious faith and how it means very different things to all of the characters–that’s very fertile ground for video games IMO, and the fantasy setting lets them explore some of those questions without getting political. Loved how the characters really felt like products of their own cultures too; Dorian is probably my favorite Bioware companion ever in that regard).

    Anyway I guess the point is that I think Bioware’s been doing interesting work lately, and I’m very curious to see where they go with this one.

  8. Jason Moyer says:

    Cautiously anticipating this one while fully expecting it to go full-on chase-the-icon in a non-discript open world like everything else EA is publishing nowadays. Then again, they did that in the first one with the Mako bits and it still worked.

  9. Zenicetus says:

    It will be interesting to see if Bioware takes up the challenge of matching the world design, quest design, and overall polish that we saw in Witcher 3.

    So far I haven’t seen anything else like it. It’s probably too soon, but the timeline and budget for Andromeda means Bioware has a chance to pull off something like that, instead of another generic sci-fi Action/RPG.

    Also, please get rid of the waist-high barricades that appear in the next room or outdoor area, and let you know you’re about to get ambushed. I enjoyed the ME series well enough, but it was the worst I’ve ever seen in telegraphing when you’re about to enter combat.

  10. Jay Load says:

    I loved the Mako sections. One set on a gloomy lava-covered world is the precise moment where I fell in love with the game. I missed them like crazy in 2 and 3. Boo, Bioware. BOOO.

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    Serrit says:

    Fingers crossed for a hanar crewmate, gang!

    Ooh maybe the actor that played Blasto will have a meltdown and start to believe he(?) really is a secret galatic super-spy, and will sign up to the Andromeda mission…

  12. tenochtitlan says:

    Is that a threat?

  13. tenochtitlan says:

    Ignore my comment above, I don’t get how this comment formatting works.

  14. Quimby says:

    Came here for Lexx. Stayed for the comments. Genius.

  15. bonuswavepilot says:

    Anyone else got the Brunnen-G Fight Song stuck in their head now?
    “Yo Way Yo, Home Va-Ray,
    Yo Ay-Rah, Jerhume Brunnen-G…”