Mass Effect: Andromeda didn't launch in the best state, but Bioware was committed to getting the game up to snuff with patches and bug fixes. It looks like that's at an end though, as Bioware announced today that it won't be patching Mass Effect single-player anymore. Instead, the studio will focus on updating the multiplayer content.
"Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content," said the team in today's announcement.
"In the coming weeks, our multiplayer team will provide details of their ongoing support and upcoming content, including new multiplayer missions, character kits, and what’s in store for N7 Day. We appreciate all the millions of people who came with us to the Andromeda galaxy. We hope to see you again in the Mass Effect universe."
And before you try to parse the statement to see if maybe Bioware is being tricky in its wording, Mass Effect Andromeda producer Fernando Melo confirmed on Twitter that there's no more single-player downloadable content (DLC).
It does.— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) August 19, 2017
This makes Mass Effect: Andromeda the first in the series to have no single-player DLC. Mass Effect had the story-based Bring Down The Sky and simulator-style Pinnacle Station; Mass Effect 2 had Lair of the Shadow Broker and Arrival, both of which were story-based alongside several additional loyalty missions; and Mass Effect 3 offered Leviathan and Omega.
It's seems like Bioware has mostly washed its hands of Mass Effect: Andromeda, outside of the ongoing multiplayer service team. Instead, the studio is looking forward to Anthem and the next Dragon Age. It is clear that the reception to Andromeda and today's news will erode some of the trust that Bioware has built up over the years.
"In the end, I still love the OT as my favorite game series. Hell, I'll probably replay it again soon out of respect and because I love that universe so much. But with the state of Bioware now, it's clear to me that this franchise won't quite reach its peak ever again after fumbling like this," said user Leviafun365 on Reddit.
"Ι'm so sad. I'm even sadder because their mismanagement of the ME IP may be a problem for the Dragon Age series too. I can't trust them after this fiasco," added user Flameforth.
"Well I'm done with BioWare forever," wrote user Croatsky on the Mass Effect forums.
"Same here, but I won't be pre-ordering them. The last two games taught me better," said user Ghost Of N7_SP3CTR3 in response to someone who said they were looking forward to Anthem and Dragon Age.
Trust is one of the most important things a developer can have, as it gets players to jump into your new projects early on. Hopefully, Bioware's upcoming work can right the ship.