Report: BioWare Taking A Break From Mass Effect
A new report from Kotaku suggests that in light of Andromeda's woes, BioWare won't be diving straight into the development of the next Mass Effect installment.
Kotaku is reporting that it has spoken to four unnamed sources close to BioWare, who have stated that the company's flagship sci-fi series is being put on hiatus and that BioWare Montreal will transition to a support studio for BioWare's other projects. This reportedly includes work on the new BioWare IP that EA announced a delay for during yesterday's earnings call.
Kotaku also reports that BioWare Montreal will continue to support Mass Effect: Andromeda for the time being; just today the developer announced a new patch that further improves the game's rocky cinematics. In a statement provided to Kotaku, BioWare Montreal studio director Yanick Roy says that BioWare is, "...constantly looking at how we're prepared for the next experiences we will create" and that, "There will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead."
If today's reports are true, we're sure we'll see Mass Effect again in the future, given the franchise's importance to BioWare and EA. However, given the mixed reception of the latest entry, taking an extra bit of time to reflect on the strengths and shortcomings of the series is probably a good idea.