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RUMOR: Sources Say MEA on Indefinite Hiatus

Posted by Suzie Ford on May 10, 2017  | Comments

RUMOR: Sources Say MEA on Indefinite Hiatus - MMORPG.com

Kotaku is reporting that four independent sources within BioWare are reporting that any further development on the Mass Effect series is on an indefinite hiatus, with the team at BioWare: Montreal being turned into a support studio for Project Dylan while other employees have been transferred to EA Motive for Battlefront II support.

It is likely that another installment in the series will be produced, though the future of the promised MEA trilogy remains unknown at this time. Further, there is no word about any DLC for the current MEA game, though with employees moving or being reassigned to other projects, it seems unlikely.

Kotaku reached out to EA and received a response attributed to BioWare's Yanick Roy:

Our teams at BioWare and across EA put in tremendous effort bringing Mass Effect Andromeda to players around the world. Even as BioWare continues to focus on the Mass Effect Andromeda community and live service, we are constantly looking at how we’re prepared for the next experiences we will create.

The teams in EA Worldwide Studios are packed with talent, and more than ever, we are driving collaboration between studios on key projects.

With our BioWare and Motive teams sharing studio space in Montreal, we have BioWare team members joining Motive projects that are underway. We’re also ramping up teams on other BioWare projects in development.

There will be much more to come from BioWare in the years ahead.

Note that the statement speaks very little about Mass Effect and more about the studio in general.

While the EA earnings call held yesterday spoke in cautiously optimistic terms about MEA, the game has been troubled since launch with fans and reviewers panning aspects of the game including facial animations and more. Whether these issues are the causative factors in the cessation of development on the series will remain to be seen until sources are verified.

We'll keep you posted if or when these rumors are confirmed.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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