One of the most highly anticipated games of the last several years finally has an official release date. BioWare has confirmed that Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch on March 21, 2017 in North America, and March 23, 2017 in Europe. It’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.
“Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date,” writes Aaron Flynn, GM of BioWare. “We’re telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. To deliver on this, we’re taking all the time we can to make sure you’re getting the best possible experience.”
Flynn mentions the Frosbite 3 engine as a major leap from the original Mass Effect trilogy. Frostbite powers most of EA’s major releases, including BioWare’s previous title, Dragon Age: Inquisition.
The BioWare team had a tantalizing holiday break – they brought home pre-release versions of Mass Effect: Andromeda as a form of internal beta testing. According to Flynn, the feedback they received helped them lock in the release date in late March.
“We’re just a couple of months away from delivering a brand new Mass Effect experience to you for the first time in five years – richer, deeper, and ready for exploration,” writes Flynn. “We’re excited about how far we are going with the franchise, and we hope you find it’s been worth the wait.”
Barring any upcoming delays, this means the leaked release date from the art book was correct.
A new trailer also debuted during last night’s NVidia Keynote from CES. The trailer (above) shows off a combat encounter, as well as UI and a look at skill trees, classes, and leveling.