EA’s chief financial officer has just announced that Mass Effect: Andromeda will be release during the first quarter of 2017, which is January through March, for those unknowing how the quarters work. This technically marks a delay from the original holidays 2016 release date. He didn’t declare exactly when in the quarter, but usual patterns mean it’s likely to be around the end of March. Previous Mass Effect games were released at different times in the same quarter though, so it’s hard to say with confidence exactly when we should expect to see it.
Jorgensen was quoted as saying, “Yeah we’ve got a great year ahead. For the first time I’m trying to dampen down Wall Street expectations, which is a good position to be in. We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter coming in the third quarter, and our third party title that Respawn built… it’s called Titanfall… it’s the second title they brought out under that brand.
Both those are first-person shooter and will be targeted around both fast action-driven shooter market as well as the strategy driven market in the quarter.
We have all our sports games, we have Mirror’s Edge, a runner game coming out in the first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So big year ahead and we’re pretty excited.”
Thoughts: I’m not even going to pretend to be shocked – the holidays announcement was pretty clearly a placeholder, and with a number of big name entries coming out of EA over the coming year, it makes sense to space their blockbusters out. I just hope the delay will mean that when we finally get it, it will be a polished product!
Also, with Titanfall, and Battlefield releasing later this year, it only makes sense to move Andromeda back, for EA.