Recent rumors suggested a potential release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda for March 31st but an official announcement today means Mass Effect fans will get the opportunity to explore a brand new universe a little sooner than expected.
A new Twitter message from Michael Gamble, Producer of the Mass Effect franchise, linked to a new blog post on the official Mass Effect: Andromeda website providing information on the European and North American release dates.
Mass Effect Andromeda is coming in March. Are you ready, Pathfinder? https://t.co/zfssGBJSxY
— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) January 4, 2017
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released on March 21st in North America and March 23rd in Europe.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date. We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we’re bringing Mass Effect to the FrostbiteTM game engine, an incredible engine that’s delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.
Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the “holiday build”. This is a longstanding studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great. Getting the endorsement from members of our studio, many of whom played key roles on the original trilogy, was definitely a key factor in helping us lock in on the date.
Even more exciting for us over the last couple of months has been seeing the excitement build in the community as we’ve started to share more about the game. The passion you have for the franchise continues to drive us. And now, we’re just a couple of months away from delivering a brand new Mass Effect experience to you for the first time in five years – richer, deeper and ready for exploration. We’re excited about how far we are going with the franchise, and we hope you find it’s been worth the wait.