The BioWare shuffle by EA is hitting top charts again as the Mass Effect series is put on hiatus, according to Kotaku. The developers of Andromeda, BioWare Montreal, are being turned into a support studio for EA Motive to work on Star Wars Battlefront II. Those remaining at BioWare Montreal will be helping out their Edmonton counterpart with the studio’s new IP with a focus on “live services,” though it was recently delayed to 2019.
Hiatus doesn’t mean support for the most recent game has been pulled, however, BioWare Montreal will still be patching and supporting Andromeda and its multiplayer. Nor does it mean the Mass Effect series has died, according to Montreal studio director Yanick Roy, “tremendous effort” is being put in to support Andromeda and it’s community. They are “constantly looking” at how prepared they are for the “next experiences” they will create.
Kotaku also explains that their sources mentioned the major technological hurdles and major last minute changes Andromeda had to go through before it was released. This explains a great deal of the many problems Andromeda has, and not just the poor animation and story. If changes and technology weren’t enough problems, it was BioWare Montreal that headed the game, rather than the Edmonton studio that has been taking care of the series since the beginning. Montreal’s only involvement with the series until Andromeda were DLCs for Mass Effect 2 and 3.
And now Montreal is being dissolved and distilled in favor of a new project. It truly astounds me how widely the clearly misguided management from EA has negatively affected both studios and games. It has happened far too often throughout EA’s history with the studios they own. Like Criterion Games, who were responsible for the Star Wars Battlefront series, where is their name on the support list with Motive?
Regardless, this has been another BioWare shuffle. Let’s hope good things come of EA’s decisions this time. What do you think of the changes? Will they be good for the new IP? Which studio will EA give Mass Effect to next? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!