Mass Effect video game franchise possibly paused

Brad Stephenson

Mass Effect: Andromeda on Xbox One

Kotaku has reported the Mass Effect video game franchise has been put on hold for the foreseeable future and that the development studio (BioWare Montreal) behind its latest entry, Andromeda, has been reduced in size and made into more of a support studio.

The news sounds pretty legitimate and comes from several Kotaku sources who are apparently close to BioWare. The report (rightly) states that it’s unlikely that the Mass Effect series will be shelved indefinitely due to its popularity and that those involved are simply choosing not to rush out a new game given how poorly received the latest game was.

Mass Effect: Andromeda launched with a variety of bugs that affected gameplay, caused erratic behaviour in-game, and made plethora of odd facial expressions on the game’s cast of characters that were so unintentionally odd that screenshots and video clips of them quickly went viral on social media.

Are you disappointed by this news or do you think it’s best that the studios involved take their time with the next Mass Effect video game? Let us know in the comments below.