EA boss explains lack of Mass Effect Andromeda at Gamescom, hints at trilogy remaster

EA move to quell fan's concerns over the lack of Mass Effect Andromeda gameplay footage and describe the possibility of a trilogy remaster as 'likely'.

Mass Effect Andromeda, the sprawling sci-fi series' first foray into the current generation, is due out next year. Rather worryingly though, there has been very little actual gameplay shown off to date.

It's lack of presence at Gamescom strongly suggests the game's current quality may be a concern forcing EA to forgo gameplay footage at yet another big event and cruelly keep us waiting for our first proper look at the series post-Shepard.

With such a short time remaining until the game's March launch it's not beyond the realms of possibly that Andromeda might miss its planned release date.

However according to EA boss, Patrick Soderlund, the decision to hold back on solid Andromeda footage is a marketing decision rather than a reflection of the current status of the game's development. Speaking to GameInformer Soderlund said:

"Right now we're focused on our big titles for [October through December], and when that's done, we'll shift to Mass Effect. You'll see a lot more very shortly."

Elsewhere in the interview Soderlund hinted that a Mass Effect trilogy remaster might be on the cards, something that the studio has been largely against up until now.

"The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can't announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully."

Andromeda is the the first Mass Effect that won't star Shepard, so the timing couldn't be better for a current-gen version of the original Commander's complete adventure. The diversity available through player choice has us positively giddy at the possibly of revisiting it's intricate sci-fi world.


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Published Aug. 18th 2016

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