EA Says It Would Delay Mass Effect Andromeda Again If It Makes the Game Better
Another delay hasn't been ruled out.
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BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda is scheduled to come out by the end of EA's current fiscal year, meaning it will be out by the end of March 2017. However, during an earnings call today, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said EA would delay the game if it felt it needed more time to make it better.
"Right now, Mass Effect is tracking extremely well," he said about Andromeda. "The game looks beautiful. And we're really pleased with its progress. However, as you've seen, we are willing to make moves in launch dates if we feel it's necessary to deliver the right player experience."
If the gameplay is not where BioWare wants it to be, the developer could delay it with EA's blessing. The delay could be a week, or it could be "three or four or five months" if need be, Jorgensen said.
For the time being, Andromeda continues to be in EA's guidance for the current fiscal year. Jorgensen said EA will communicate a delay, if one is to happen, as soon as the decision is made.
After planning to launch the game in 2016, EA delayed Andromeda, only saying it would now be released during its fourth fiscal quarter, which spans January through March. Earlier this year, a delay until "early 2017" was confirmed by BioWare, explaining that it "need[s] the right amount of time to make sure [it] deliver[s] everything the game can be and should be."
An Amazon listing for an Andromeda tie-in art book suggested the game might launch on March 21, but this is not confirmed.
With a release just months away, EA and BioWare have begun to pull back the curtain a little. At the PlayStation Meeting in September, we got our best look at Andromeda gameplay yet. They also revealed that the male and female characters both exist in the in-game world and are siblings.
Just today, EA released a new teaser trailer for Andromeda that teased players will explore regions outside of the Milky Way galaxy. More details are coming on November 7, which is not a random day, but is known as N7 Day.