EA said in an investor call that the fourth Mass Effect game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, will be released during the first quarter of 2017, which spans from January to end of March.
That period represents the fourth quarter of EA’s financial year – which begins April, ends March – and blockbusters earmarked for this period typically come out as close to the end of March as possible. This allows maximum time in development while keeping the release within the financial year, but there’s no absolute guarantee it won’t be released earlier.
“We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built, it’s called Titanfall.
“We have our Mirror’s Edge [Catalyst] runner game this first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect [Andromeda], which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda was officially announced at E3 last year with a holiday 2016 release date, so this technically represents a delay. But with Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 5 both lining up for autumn 2016 – presumably Titanfall in Sep/Oct and Battlefield in November against Call of Duty – it makes sense to move Andromeda away.
Mass Effect: Andromeda tells a story in an entirely new area of space, and one entirely separate from commander Shepard. But there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. What we do know about Mass Effect: Andromeda can be best surmised in the video below by EuroGamer.