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Bioware: Mass Effect: Andromeda Post-Launch “Plans Were Never In Place”

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Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mike Gamble, executive producer for Anthem, has revealed that Bioware was not prepared to support Mass Effect: Andromeda for the long term as it will for its upcoming title.

In a revelatory comment to USGamer, Gamble alluded to Andromeda‘s lack of support:

“I can speak conclusively when it comes to Andromeda, the [post-launch] plans were never in place the way that they are for Anthem […] The systems and tools weren’t in place to support the long-term plans, it was never like [Anthem]—never had a good, solid foundation to start from with that.”
BioWare has commented multiple times on Andromeda‘s disappointing launch and release schedule. Most recently, general manager Casey Hudson stated that the studio has totally revised its mission following Andromeda. Since then, the Mass Effect series has been put on ice.
Hudson’s comments a few months ago appear to contradict Gamble’s claims. Gamble appears to allude to Andromeda‘s total lack of long-term support, whereas Hudson implied the series’s poor reception scuppered DLC plans. Hudson, back in April, stated that “[BioWare] was not able to deliver story DLC for Andromeda—this was as frustrating for us as it was for players, and it was something we knew we had to solve in future games.”
Overall, BioWare’s shift to MMO-lite design seems to have been facilitated by Andromeda‘s failures. Despite these downfalls, there was still significant appeal for single-players in Andromeda. Judging by BioWare’s revitalisation, Andromeda may be the last single-player effort from BioWare for a while.
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Ben Newman

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