General manager of BioWare, Aaryn Flynn, confirms that Mass Effect: Andromeda has been delayed to early 2017, and says new info on the game will come at E3 2016.
By the time Mass Effect: Andromeda launches, it will have been five years since fans saw the release of a new game in the Mass Effect franchise. There were rumblings, but Aaron Flynn, BioWare's general manager, officially confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda has been delayed to early 2017.
Previously, an EA executive spilled the beans about Mass Effect: Andromeda releasing in 2017, but this is the first time someone from BioWare has mentioned it. However, while fans will have to wait longer than expected to actually get their hands on Mass Effect: Andromeda, they can look forward to learning a lot more about the game next month.
Besides substantiating previous comments about the game's delay, Flynn also confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be featured at E3 2016 in June. The game will be showcased during the EA Play press conference, and players can probably expect to see the first substantial in-game footage of Mass Effect: Andromeda during the presentation. Previous E3s have given us little more than brief Mass Effect: Andromeda teasers, so being able to look forward to a full reveal of the game should get Mass Effect fans excited.
It remains to be seen what exactly that reveal will entail, however. It seems probable that EA will utilize E3 2016 to reveal Mass Effect: Andromeda's protagonist, since the only thing we know about the character so far is that he or she will be human. E3 2016 will also provide a good opportunity to showcase any new gameplay mechanics that Mass Effect: Andromeda is bringing to the table, as well as shine a light on how the game will evolve the franchise's combat.
Mass Effect: Andromeda's presence at E3 2016 could also feature more information on the game's story. As is the case with the rest of the game, Mass Effect: Andromeda's story is mostly shrouded in mystery at this point, except that it takes place in the Andromeda galaxy long after the events of Mass Effect 3. Here's hoping E3 2016 pulls the curtain back on the conflict and characters players will experience in Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Between Mass Effect: Andromeda, Battlefield 1, and Titanfall 2, it seems like EA has quite the impressive lineup of games in the pipeline. This year's E3 event should prove to be especially exciting for fans of EA's games, as we can expect deeper looks at those three anticipated titles and more. Mass Effect fans should be sure to tune in to E3 next month to see what shape the future of the franchise will be taking with Mass Effect: Andromeda.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled to release in early 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.