Even before Mass Effect: Andromeda was released, it was burdened with a lot of promises from the developer and expectations from fans of the franchise. Unfortunately, the latest installment was not as well-received as Electronic Arts would have hoped for. In fact, even players themselves were surprised as to what mediocrity the game exhibited.
Six months after, the game is essentially dead and the supposed new trilogy has been put on a hiatus. Speaking with GameReactor in a recent interview, executive vice president Patrick Soderlund stated that Mass Effect: Andromeda may have received a bit too much criticism that it did not deserve.
“I usually don’t do this, but this is one of those places where I feel like the game got criticised a little bit more than it deserved,” he said. “I think the game is actually a great game. Yes, we have to acknowledge the fact that there were some things that maybe we could have done better, absolutely, but as a whole, if you go in and you buy the game today with everything that’s in it today, I believe that that’s a game worth buying, personally.”
Earlier this week, the developer announced that it is washing its hands off the game and will not be releasing any single-player content in the future. What players can expect, though, are minor improvements for the multiplayer component.
However, Electronic Arts believes that it can return to the Mass Effect franchise someday in the future but only if it feels “relevant” and “fresh.” Suffice to say, it will not be happening for at least the next four to five years.
Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in March. The game faced severe criticism for its wonky animations even before it had hit the market. To make matters worse, there was no redemption to be found in either the single-player campaign nor narrative.