According to a recent interview at a business summit, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen stated that Mass Effect Andromeda will be releasing in the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2017. The game is set for a holiday 2016 release, but could this have changed and are we to expect an announcement?
The interview has been transcribed and recorded by Gamespot, which you can see below. If the change in date is to be confirmed, this would line up with previous Mass Effect releases. The original Mass Effect launched in November 2007, but its sequel came in January 2010 followed by a March release in 2012. Any RPG releasing in the early months of the year is fine with me, outside of the rush of holiday releases.
“Interviewer: Speaking of new IP, is there any updated colour you can offer on the FY17 release date, particularly with regards to your non-sport franchises.
Jorgensen: 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.”
Let’s hope for an update and some clarification soon. We still don’t know much about the game, its setting, and what players will be doing. We know that the lead writer left recently to join Bungie and write content for Destiny.