Hello, everyone! How’s your week going? I’m beginning to delude myself into thinking fall is practically here. Maybe it’s because Labor Day is less than two weeks away, which means Pumpkin Spice Latte season. I’m not actually all that into spending five bucks for a cup of coffee. Just feels like a rip off when I can make it at home for way cheaper.
Another thing that recently has me thinking “ripoff” is Mass Effect: Andromeda. Not because it’s a truly horrible game. It’s because just five months after its release, Bioware has stated they will no longer be updating the single player. When I first saw the news, it made me do a double take. I mean, it’s only been five months!!
Mass Effect: Andromeda is an action role playing game. It was released in March of this year for Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It is the fourth major installment of the Mass Effect series. In the game, you play either one of two (a male or female) military recruit who wakes up in the Andromeda galaxy after a 634-year sleep. You are here because of the initiative for humans to populate new worlds in this galaxy. It’s your task to find the new home while also dealing with an unwelcoming alien race. Here is the trailer, which gives you a good grasp of what’s going on:
What makes this Mass Effect different from the others is it focuses on exploration instead of combat. Not to say there isn’t combat. However, this is the largest Mass Effect game and uses open world elements. The game has received mixed reviews. The complaints were about technical issues and lukewarm feelings about the writing.
However, it’s not all bad at all. First, they actually improved the combat in this game. Second, it’s not that bad game overall. There were some major technical issues when the game was first released and hopefully their new patch has addressed that. However the game has received an 80% scoring from PC gamer, and an average of 6.9 (out of 10) score at Gamespot.
Luckily, Bioware has left some staff on the task of patching the game instead of completely abandoning it. They also claim they will be adding multiplayer updates. What they will not be doing is continuing the series at all. Okay, they didn’t come out and say that. They just canceled all plans for any more new games and tell us that there may be a future for Mass Effect again one day. Don’t get your hopes up is what I say. Also again, their single player for the game will no longer receive any updates–no new material or patches.
Why did Bioware do this? Well, maybe it was because of the negative reviews they were getting. Perhaps they didn’t think it worth fighting the reviews to make the game better. Another reason could be the game just didn’t make the money they were anticipating and so they had to cut their losses. A third possible reason could be company reorganization that was more about other projects than Mass Effect. The studio where Mass Effect games are made is Bioware Montreal. That studio has been reportedly downsized, with a lot of the staff being sent to work on the new Star Wars Battlefront II. What’s left is now called a support studio, and the staff is there to patch and update the multiplayer for Mass Effect: Andromeda.
All is not lost for the fans of the story line though. They are going to be continuing the story in the form of novels and comics. Which is not something new for this universe. There is already a total of ten books and twelve comic books.
photo from Sideshow Collectors
Well, so what do you guys think about Bioware pulling the plug on Mass Effect? I believe that it doesn’t really inspire much faith in the company. This is a huge franchise that has serious fans. However, they found it easy enough to abandon the game as much as possible only five months after releasing it. It’s not a great thing to do to the people who spent their money on this game in anticipation of not only this game being updated but of more games promised in this universe. Fans are not happy.
Though, some fans were not happy from the start of Mass Effect: Andromeda. That’s because this game was never Bioware’s primary focus. It was more like a side game they didn’t what to spend too much money and time on. Unfortunately, that was a little obvious when the game, was released because of the technical issues. You were mostly buying this game in the faith of there being future upgrades to make it a better game. Which I’m not sure was a perfect idea for such a popular franchise.
Overall this has brought out a lot of opinions on Bioware. One big one is that their games have been decreasing in quality for a while. Particularly that they try and make up for mediocre game play with excellent writing and fantastic world building. Which only helps them as long as they keep up amazing writing.
I think I’ll be skipping this game considering it was released with a lot of technical issues and they are now no longer patching the single player.