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.“Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date,” BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn states in the post. “We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we’re bringing Mass Effect to the Frostbite game engine, an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.”
Flynn reports that BioWare developers took a build home with them called the “holiday build,” playing through the game and providing feedback and endorsements from team members. Suffice to say, the game should go gold relatively shortly with the release date close at hand.
Mass Effect: Andromeda‘s release date announcement comes in a rather sudden timeframe. Andromeda‘s gameplay was left a mystery for a long time, with in-game footage only shown during the PlayStation 4 Pro’s reveal back in September. Suffice to say, Bioware seems to be keeping in-game reveals limited, allowing fans to explore the world and learn first-hand about all the mysteries and lore to discover during play.
GameSpot also reported that Bioware will not be bringing Andromeda over to Nintendo Switch, meaning the game will only be available for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. However, Producer Mike Gamble did not want to “close doors like that,” and is waiting to see if “everyone’s just yammering for Mass Effect” before making a final decision as to whether the game will see a Nintendo Switch release. Check back for more news.