Bioware has officially announced the release date of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the first entry in a new trilogy for the developer's science-fiction franchise. Mass Effect: Andromeda will be launching on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on March 21, 2017 in North America, with a subsequent European release on March 23, 2017.
Leaving behind the Milky Way galaxy that housed the first Mass Effect trilogy, players will head to the Andromeda galaxy. There, players will take up the role of the Ryder siblings and become the Pathfinder, searching for a new home for humanity. Old races like the Krogan and Asari will join you on your adventure, alongside new races like the Kett.
"Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date," says Bioware general manager Aaron Flynn. "We're telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we're bringing Mass Effect to the Frostbite game engine, an incredible engine that's delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we're taking all the time we can to make sure you're getting the best possible experience."
"Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the 'holiday build'. This is a longstanding studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great. Getting the endorsement from members of our studio, many of whom played key roles on the original trilogy, was definitely a key factor in helping us lock in on the date."
Two months from now, you'll finally get to play the next generation of Mass Effect. Looking forward to it, cautiously optimistic, have you moved on, or were you never onboard at all? Let us know in the comments!