The singleplayer side of Mass Effect: Andromeda [official site] is now officially as done as it’ll ever be, as BioWare have confirmed they have no plans for more singleplayer patches or any singleplayer DLC. Multiplayer additions and events will continue but Andromeda’s singleplayer is complete. Given that it was a disapointing new start for the sci-fi RPG series, that doomsaying rumours have circulated for months, and that the studio which made Andromeda has since subsumed into another studio, this isn’t much of a surprise. But as BioWare RPGs tend to receive a fair few story expansions, giving up on this isn’t a good omen for the prospect of another Mass Effect game.
The Andromeda team said in Saturday’s statement:
“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.
“In the coming weeks, our multiplayer team will provide details of their ongoing support and upcoming content, including new multiplayer missions, character kits, and what’s in store for N7 Day.
“We appreciate all the millions of people who came with us to the Andromeda galaxy. We hope to see you again in the Mass Effect universe.”
Andromeda’s post-launch patches fixed some of its more obvious flaws, such as the dead faces and ha-ha-hilarious animation bugs, but Polyfilla can only smooth over so many problems. Too much was too bland and too clumsy.
As John said in his review, “as a follow-up to the previous trilogy, it’s a timid and tepid tale too heavily reliant on what came before, too unambitious for what could have been, trapped in a gargantuan playground of bits and pieces to do.”
Back in June, Kotaku had a good luck at the many troubles of Andromeda’s development, speaking several of the folks who made it (under cloak of anonymity).
BioWare aren’t quite done with the Andromeda Galaxy, as comics and novels will explore more of it (including seeing what happened to the Quarian ark), but I probably wouldn’t expect another game any time soon. When EA decline to milk a game for DLC, something’s up.