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.