It seems the future of the Mass Effect series is uncertain thanks to recent news that Electronic Arts and BioWare have put the Mass Effect franchise on ice. But it’s not just Mass Effect in general that gamers are now concerned about; there is also concern regarding the future of BioWare’s latest release, Mass Effect: Andromeda.
With the news of Mass Effect going on hiatus, and BioWare Montreal taking on a support role for other development teams, many gamers are wondering if there will ever be any DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda. At the moment, it’s looking unlikely that any new content for the action RPG will see the light of day.
The likelihood of no DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda comes as a bit of a shock considering the game finally seemed to be getting on track thanks to recent patches. The release of Patch 1.06 was a step in the right direction for the game, with numerous balance fixes and cinematic enhancements improving the overall experience for gamers.
In fact, many of the issues gamers had with the character animations early on have largely been resolved, so one would expect BioWare and EA to press forward with marketing and expanding on the game in its refreshed state. Granted, EA will likely continue to promote Mass Effect: Andromeda and pick up as much revenue from the title as possible, but the current climate at BioWare seems to hint that the core game is all gamers are going to get, even if the ending did tease some places post-release content could go.
This comes as a stark contrast to the comments EA CEO Andrew Wilson made just earlier this week during the EA earning call, where he spoke about his confidence in the future of Mass Effect: Andromeda. That said, it’s entirely possible that part of BioWare Montreal’s support purview will be to provide DLC content for Mass Effect: Andromeda, especially if there’s already something in the works.
Then again, neither EA nor BioWare have officially announced any DLC content for Mass Effect: Andromeda, or even hinted at the possibility. Gamers and industry leaders have been left to speculate about when any expansions would be announced, with some expecting such announcements to come at E3.
Considering the fact that BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn revealed months ago that Mass Effect: Andromeda wouldn’t have a Season Pass, it’s likely both EA and BioWare knew there wouldn’t be any DLC for the game. Of course, revealing that information too early would likely scare off potential buyers, or cause many to question the amount of support the game would receive following its release.
At this point, the answer to whether or not Mass Effect: Andromeda will receive any DLC seems quite clear. Ultimately, gamers shouldn’t hold their breath for any expansions for the game. It’s a sad ending to a series that’s become so beloved by so many in the gaming industry. Hopefully one day EA and BioWare will be able to revive Mass Effect, and bring it back to its former glory.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.