Despite mixed reviews, many fans of Mass Effect: Andromeda have been awaiting news regarding new downloadable content. Unfortunately, it looks like Bioware is still sticking to the recent reports that anything involving the Sci-fi franchise is on an indefinite hiatus. Instead, it looks like efforts are being directed toward the company’s other staple franchise, Dragon Age.
In a series of tweets, Dragon Age Director Mike Laidlaw spoke about the future of the fantasy RPG, stating that it is far from over.
There is no planned ending for DA. There is an evolving plan that tends to look 2 games ahead or so. https://t.co/6Tp1lP6d5G
— Mike Laidlaw (@Mike_Laidlaw) August 8, 2017
Laidlaw went on to say that despite this far seeing mindset, the entire process has to be flexible as well. “I strongly believe that if you try to hold to a rigid plan that is a decade old by the time you reach the end, you are wasting ops.”
But couldn’t Bioware allocate resources to both games? According to Eurogamer, despite the fact that Mass Effect: Andromeda as a “significant contributor” to digital growth, which helped boost year-on-year growth and downloads, the company seems to have no plans for its future.
During Bioware’s earnings call Mass Effect: Andromeda was mentioned just three times. Compare that to 20 mentions for Battlefield 1, 36 for Madden, and 41 for FIFA. During that call, there wasn’t a single mention of Mass Effect: Andromeda DLC or expansion packs. The only team that is currently working on the game are focused on patches and Apex missions for multiplayer.
Despite all the negative feedback the company has been getting, signs looked up regarding the possibility of DLC when former Mass Effect Trilogy writer Casey Hudson recently returned to replace general manager Aaryn Flynn. Only time will tell if Hudsons return can help not only Mass Effect: Andromeda, but BioWare as a whole in the future though.
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