Finally, Bioware has properly revealed its upcoming game, Mass Effect Andromeda, and with its reveal, a lot of details about the game’s lore has been shared by the developers. One particular detail gives us an idea about when our protagonist left the Milky Way to find a new home.
Bioware revealed on its official website that Andromeda initiative launched in the year 2185 CE and the crew that joined the mission slept through 600 years, which means the events of Mass Effect Andromeda take place around 2785 CE.
The year mentioned makes things even more interesting, as it fits with the timeline of the first Mass Effect game. According to Mass Effect Wiki, the battle for Citadel happened in 2183 CE, and later the year Normandy was destroyed and Shepard was considered dead, the same incident showed at the beginning of Mass Effect 2.
Shepard was brought back by Cerberus in 2185, the same year Andromeda Initiative launched. This means the crew of the Andromeda never knew that Shepard had been brought back and the events that followed.
The 600 years make for a perfect explanation about how Mass Effect Andromeda can stand as its own game, without being tied with the original trilogy.
The Release date for the game is till unknown, but EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said during recent earnings call that if EA has to delay Mass Effect Andromeda to make it a better game than they will gladly do it.
Right now, Mass Effect is tracking extremely well. The game looks beautiful. And we’re really pleased with its progress. However, as you’ve seen, we are willing to make moves in launch dates if we feel it’s necessary to deliver the right player experience.
Mass Effect Andromeda will launch in March 2017 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Recently, the release date for game leaked, which suggests that it will launch on March 21, 2017.