Mass Effect Franchise Put on Hiatus, BioWare Montreal Downsized - Report

Mass Effect Franchise Put on Hiatus, BioWare Montreal Downsized - Report

If you were wondering where the Mass Effect franchise will head to next, you might be left hanging. According to a report from Kotaku, BioWare has put the entire franchise on hiatus, and turned the Montreal team into a support studio. This news comes from four sources close to the company.

This doesn’t mean there won’t be another entry in the sci-fi RPG series. Sources say BioWare is letting the franchise cool off before following up on Andromeda, which received a mixed critical reception.

According to Kotaku’s sources, an employee from BioWare Montreal was transferred to EA Motive to work on Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Those still at Montreal are helping on other BioWare projects, including their recently-delayed new IP.

Publisher EA issued the following statement, from BioWare Montreal’s studio director Yanick Roy:

Our teams at BioWare and across EA put in tremendous effort bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to players around the world. Even as BioWare continues to focus on the Mass Effect Andromeda community and live service, we are constantly looking at how we're prepared for the next experiences we will create.

The teams in EA Worldwide Studios are packed with talent, and more than ever, we are driving collaboration between studios on key projects.

With our BioWare and Motive teams sharing studio space in Montreal, we have BioWare team members joining Motive projects that are underway. We're also ramping up teams on other BioWare projects in development.

There will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead.

Mass Effect: Andromeda released in March. We scored the game 7/10, praising its combat, but found quests to be structured poorly. The game was also plagued with technical problems, which included numerous animation bugs. BioWare even delivered a statement regarding fan feedback.

BioWare Montreal was founded in 2009 to help make downloadable content for Mass Effect 2 and 3. Mass Effect: Andromeda was their first full project. Sources say that the team is “significantly smaller” than it was just a few months ago, as members have been siphoned off to help Motive.



 

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Comments Comments (6)

 
Posted by Ryzlin
On Thursday 11 May 2017 12:04 PM
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Is anyone surprised? They put their B team on a huge project with a lot of hype and expectations to live up to and punish them when they can't quite make it. I like Mass Effect Andromeda, but it's not fantastic and I never thought it was going to be.
 
 
 
Posted by ironfist92
On Thursday 11 May 2017 1:41 PM
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Thats a shame. A sequel wouldve helped them learn from their mistakes and make a better experience. ME2 was miles ahead of ME1, the same could happen here.
 
 
 
Posted by Paorio
On Thursday 11 May 2017 6:23 PM
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11 May 2017, 01:41 PM Reply to ironfist92
Thats a shame. A sequel wouldve helped them learn from their mistakes and make a better experience. ME2 was miles ahead of ME1, the same could happen here.
I super agree with that
 
 
 
Posted by dr_zox
On Thursday 11 May 2017 10:13 PM
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And this is how EA ruins franchises Dead Space 3, Command and Conquer, medal of honor etc...

In these steps:
1.) Buy or develop a successful franchise
2.) Put effort and finances to first or second title after acquisition, keep original developers working on it.
3.) Release a third that is either "unfinished, filled with microtransactions, filled with SJW politics, or make it completely different"
4.) Shut down franchise as it is unprofitable and obviously people don't like games like that any more.

Rinse and repeat
 
 
 
Posted by ptys
On Friday 12 May 2017 7:29 AM
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Thanks internet. This is actually why I was so pissed with all the negative criticism, sure it deserved some but many sites just shat all over the game, now players like me will miss out. I love the game think it is as good a ME2. note: I am playing on a high end PC,
 
 
 
Posted by arkwright
On Friday 12 May 2017 6:27 PM
1
12 May 2017, 07:29 AM Reply to ptys
Thanks internet. This is actually why I was so pissed with all the negative criticism, sure it deserved some but many sites just shat all over the game, now players like me will miss out. I love the game think it is as good a ME2. note: I am playing on a high end PC,
EA's track record of sucking the life out of decent games is damning it seems. Doing this to ME is unforgivable, it deserves a lot better.