Following the disaster that Mass Effect: Andromeda turned out to be, Electronic Arts reportedly decided to put the entire franchise on a hiatus. However, with the next generation approaching, certain signals have been flashed to suggest that the publishing giant may have started working on another installment.
N7 Day is a time when everyone comes together to celebrate the Mass Effect franchise. The annual convention took place just last week and many developers from BioWare have since then been particularly active in discussing future possibilities.
It’s noteworthy that N7 Day has usually been used by BioWare to share new trailers and announcements. Those were missing from this year but BioWare did keep busy by asking the community what they wanted from a new Mass Effect installment.
Michael Gamble, project director at BioWare, has raked a lot of feedback in the past few days, including many improvements that a potential Mass Effect: Andromeda sequel needs. On that note, there were also many requests to abandon everything Mass Effect: Andromeda and to start anew.
Where do you want Mass Effect to go in the future? #N7Day
— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) November 7, 2019
Casey Hudson, general manager at BioWare, went a step further by publishing unseen concept art for what the developers wish to do in a new Mass Effect. He teased that there are many stories from the fictional universe that haven’t been told and would love to have an opportunity to make amends in that regard.
— Casey Hudson (@CaseyDHudson) November 7, 2019
There have been similar discussions made by other staffers linked to BioWare as well. However, none of them should be taken as a confirmation for a new Mass Effect installment in the pipelines. The more likelihood is that BioWare has started testing the waters. Even in that case, a release is never going to happen anytime soon or even in the coming few years. Dragon Age 4 has been reportedly set to launch before 2022. A new Mass Effect, if possible, will have to wait until then.
Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in early 2017 to mediocre and mostly negative scores. There were so many issues with the game that was supposed to be the first installment of a new trilogy. The animations were dodgy. The facial expressions were comical. The dialogues were bland. The entire experience felt half-finished and a chore. BioWare ended up abandoning the game as well as post-release content plans, a decision taken by Electronic Arts.