At this year’s Havencon, an LGBTQ-centric gaming convention, a Dragon Age panel revealed information about the series’ development, and the status of developer Bioware at the time of its acquisition by EA in 2007.
Bioware and the development team behind Mass Effect: Andromeda recently confirmed via the official game’s website, that the single player portion of the title will no longer receive game updates and patches.
The team confirmed that the 1.10 update for Mass Effect: Andromeda was the final patch for the single player campaign, and that any and all further updates from here on out will focus on multiplayer content.
For those who have not been following the title closely, Mass Effect: Andromeda released earlier this year in March. The title was met with criticism from both the press and fans of the series, as they felt the title had a lack of polish, especially in regards to the facial animations and cinematics.
Since release, Andromeda received numerous patches that addressed some of the glaring issues present in the game.
Attached below, reader’s can view a copy of the full announcement from the official Mass Effect website in regards to the update:
“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.
Early in development, we decided to focus Mass Effect: Andromeda’s story on the Pathfinder, the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, and the conflict with the Archon. The game was designed to further expand on the Pathfinder’s journey through this new galaxy with story-based APEX multiplayer missions and we will continue to tell stories in the Andromeda Galaxy through our upcoming comics and novels, including the fate of the quarian ark.
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.
The Mass Effect Andromeda Team”
Mass effect Andromeda receives a new patch to address some of the issues that plague the game.
It may be a long time before we see another entry in Bioware’s Mass Effect series.
On this week’s episode of Pixels and Ink Cody doesn’t hate Nintendo, he’s just very disappointed in them. Phil talks about Power Rangers and Robocop, Brendan talks Mass Effect, and Cody plays Vikings – Wolves Of Midgard.
The popular drunk card game, Cards Against Humanity, is adding Mass Effect references to their list of expansion packs.
Cards Against Humanity’s Twitter and website was updated today, saying that they would be collaborating with BioWare’s Mass Effect series for an expansion pack to add to their insanely popular card game. The limited edition, one dollar expansion pack will contain 14 new cards referencing the Mass Effect franchise. Three of the cards were already previewed on Cards Against Humanity’s Twitter. One question card asks, “Coming this spring from BioWare, Mass Effect:,” while two separate answer cards say, “Totally f-able aliens,” and “Space Racism.” If three of the cards shown on their Twitter are any indication, the expansion pack will be a riot, and well worth the dollar.
Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Actually, the card game is fill-in-the-blank style game based on Apples to Apples but instead, uses words and phrases that are considered rude, taboo, offensive or simply hilarious. The game also references various celebrities, films and TV shows from pop culture.
The card game was invented by alumni from Highland Park High School as a game for New Year’s Eve and was started on Kickstarter. Cards Against Humanity debuted in May of 2011 after raising its $4,000 goal in just two weeks and gaining $15,000 by the campaign’s end. Cards Against Humanity beat its fundraising goal by over 400 per cent. The game eventually became one of the top-selling games on Amazon and earns about $12 million a year in revenue.
Since nothing is sacred (according to BioWare’s Twitter) the Mass Effect Cards Against Humanity expansion pack is currently available now for purchase on Cards Against Humanity’s website. Mass Effect: Andromeda will not be referenced in this pack as BioWare newest game wasn’t given to Cards Against Humanity’s team.
If you want to add Mass Effect to your Cards Against Humanity pack, you can do so here.
Trends come and go in the video game industry.
Bioware’s latest installment into the Mass Effect series just landed a release date. According to an official blog post shared on the Mass Effect website, Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch in North America on Tuesday, March 21. European audiences will see the game on Thursday, March 23.
It appears that one of Bioware’s N7 Day announcements may have leaked ahead of schedule, as Best Buy now has listings for a deluxe edition of Mass Effect: Andromeda on the retailer’s website.
It’s been an exciting year for BioWare. Development has been well underway for Mass Effect: Andromeda, with the game’s first gameplay preview revealed last month. And BioWare Edmonton, who develop the Dragon Age and Knights of the Old Republic series, are reportedly working on a brand new IP. But that new IP may see a major shift in leadership shortly. The IP’s Project Lead, Cameron Lee, has announced he is leaving his role at BioWare.
“From my very first day of making games I’d always wanted to work with the studio that created some of my favorite games; Knights of the Old Republic, Baldur’s Gate, Mass Effect, Dragon Age and Jade Empire,” he wrote. “About 5 years ago I had the opportunity to do just that and helped bring Dragon Age Inquisition to the world.”
Lee previously served as producer for the immensely popular Dragon Age: Inquisition. And while his work on the title helped bring the series onto current-gen consoles, his current work for BioWare was as Lead Producer of BioWare Edmonton’s new IP. The gaming community has little knowledge as of yet what his work was like on the unannounced IP, even though he leaves behind a strong team.
“The new IP continues on with its development, shepherded by a leadership group with a vision that I think will change the way people experience BioWare games,” Lee explained. “Everyone working on the New IP is amazingly talented and their work continues to exceed even the lofty expectations at BioWare.”
Lee isn’t the first major BioWare departure this year. Earlier, a variety of team members on Andromeda left the studio before the game was even revealed. While departures can be coincidental, it’s certainly concerning why so many major players at BioWare are departing from the organization. Either way, Lee is ready to move on and is ultimately happy with his decision.
“This is a pretty hard thing to do, but it’s the right thing at this stage of my life. My wife and I are expecting our first child and we’d like to do that in a bigger city,” he concluded his blog post. “While I can’t discuss what I’ll be working on next, it’s fair to say that creating massive, AAA games is still what gets me excited to go into the studio every day so stay tuned for more on that in the next month or so.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release date may have been mistakenly leaked by comic publisher Dark Horse in a listing for the game’s art book.
Bioware is offering fans the chance to voice a character in Mass Effect: Andromeda by way of a contest called “Explorers Wanted.”
The contest, which Bioware laid out the rules for through a post on the studio’s blog, is open to legal residents of Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), New Zealand ,United Kingdom and the United States (including the District of Colombia), and begins today, September 12th. Those interested will have to record themselves reading one of two scripts supplied by Bioware (Script 1, Script 2) and submit their reading for judgement before September 28th.
Judging will take place from the 28th until October 26th, with the two winners being notified by November 30th. The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to one of Bioware’s recording studios either in Edmonton, Los Angeles, or London depending on their place of residence, as well as lodging for two nights and three days.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is coming to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in early 2017, and will feature a new protagonist named Ryder, who will be a sibling to the opposite gendered version of the character depending on whether the player chooses to create a male or female at the beginning of the game. Andromeda was originally unveiled at EA’s E3 press conference last year, in 2015, but it was not until last week that Bioware revealed the first footage of the game in motion at Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro event.
In other Mass Effect news, word of a remastered version of the original trilogy has been circulating since EA apparently changed its internal stance on remasters last month. These statements were later contradicted by EA’s Peter Moore in an interview with IGN, but it is worth noting this interview was recorded prior to the reports that the company was “actively looking at” investing in remastered games.