Mass Effect: Andromeda gets pushed back to early 2017

— 5:20 PM on May 13, 2016

Greetings, fans of interstellar space operas. It's been a while since you had your last Mass Effect fix, and now Bioware has put out the official word: Mass Effect: Andromeda will arrive in "early 2017." The game was originally expected to ship sometime this year. In the official statement, Bioware's Aaryn Flynn noted that this will be the first Mass Effect title built using DICE's Frostbite game engine. Players ought to have more freedom to explore than before—something which should go hand in hand with the fact that humanity will be flying out of the Milky Way and into Andromeda.

Bioware didn't offer an exact reason for the delay, but the developers hinted at one, saying "[they] need the right amount of time to make sure [they] deliver everything the game can and should be." The new official release date corroborates an earlier rumor about an impending delay. Back in early March, EA's CFO let out that the company was now expecting to release Andromeda in its fiscal fourth quarter of 2016, which translates into early 2017. Mass Effect fans should tune in to the upcoming EA Play press conference on June 12, where the publisher should be providing more information about the game.

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