Mass Effect: Andromeda Single-player Support Ends

The BioWare Blog offers an update on Mass Effect: Andromeda, saying there will be no more single-player updates for the latest installment in the sci-fi RPG series. Overwatch be warned, however, they still plan further multiplayer content, and promise more details on that in the coming weeks. Here's word:
Since the release of Mass Effect™: Andromeda, we’ve worked hard to address feedback from our community. From improving animations to expanding customization options, we looked to respond to your concerns, and build on what you loved.

With each patch, you let us know we were heading in the right direction, and we’re grateful to everyone who joined us on this journey. We’re proud of what we created, and we hope you enjoyed it as well.

Early in development, we decided to focus Mass Effect: Andromeda’s story on the Pathfinder, the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, and the conflict with the Archon. The game was designed to further expand on the Pathfinder’s journey through this new galaxy with story-based APEX multiplayer missions and we will continue to tell stories in the Andromeda Galaxy through our upcoming comics and novels, including the fate of the quarian ark.

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.

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.
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GothicWizard wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 13:18:
When EA bought BW I was on the beginning of the end bandwagon and took a LOT of heat for that view. Everyone was like 'oh they still have the core dev there it will be fine'. I said within 6 months you will start seeing the exit of those core devs, mgt and it will just be a circling the drain affair as time goes on until it's just a shell of BW in name only. I was laughed at on their forums and here.

I am not above saying, I told you so.

Everyone knew it would eventually happen, even if some gamers were in denial. Bioware managed to retain its quality and not get EAified much longer than the average EA acquisition. EA bought them back in 2007. While there were signs of problems before this, 10 years under EAs umbrella without falling apart is pretty impressive. EA usually rots a studio out in 5.
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Jerykk wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 20:18:
UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:08:
Did it ever really begin?

Actually, yes. ME:A had a lot of post-launch support that addressed many of the issues people had with the game.

It's a shame that EA is abandoning the game/series. For all its flaws, ME:A still had the best combat in the series. If they had cut the filler and focused on a much more concise 40 hour experience instead of a bloated 100+ hour experience, the game would have been better for it. You'd think they'd have learned from DA:I that bigger isn't always better but there was probably a mandate from EA to make their games as big as possible.

No sense there. If you are starting a new trilogy, you don't want to bloat things from the get-go. Gotta love that corporate input.
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UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:08:
Did it ever really begin?

Actually, yes. ME:A had a lot of post-launch support that addressed many of the issues people had with the game.

It's a shame that EA is abandoning the game/series. For all its flaws, ME:A still had the best combat in the series. If they had cut the filler and focused on a much more concise 40 hour experience instead of a bloated 100+ hour experience, the game would have been better for it. You'd think they'd have learned from DA:I that bigger isn't always better but there was probably a mandate from EA to make their games as big as possible.
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WaltC wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 17:29:
Sempai wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:19:
It's telling that EA's decision to pull out of Mass Effect Andromeda less than 6 months post release, and yet Hello Games continues to support No Man's Sky..

Unfortunately, from the forums, it seems like NMS "support" has doubled the number of bugs with the latest patch--couldn't buy that one, either. I'm thinking support for that one will end soon as well--they'd be constantly chasing their tails by releasing substantial game patches that keep adding bugs as well as content--that won't work out for them, I'm afraid.

Nobody, but nobody comes close to CDPR in game support--it's not even close, CDProjekt is so far ahead. As is well known, they support their games years into the future, and as a result those games continue to bring in nice revenue streams years after they originally ship. EA, and other companies--simply haven't the imagination to figure out how to do that. At EA, "serve the customer" is out--"fleece the customer" is in. You can easily discern the companies that are staffed with actual people who play games on their own computers (that they put together themselves) and companies like EA who look for nothing but the quick $.

EA systematically ruined the Dragon's Age franchise by managing to destroy everything about it that made the Origins game a lot of fun, and Inquisition, supposedly on a par with Witcher 3 prior to shipping, looked like a child's coloring book compared to the Mona Lisa, considering the highly professional job CDPR did with Witcher 3.

I didn't purchase Andromeda or Inquisition--glad I didn't! The Demo for DA:I was horrible--but I did conclude it was indeed representative of the game. Just couldn't bring myself to waste the money. I'd much rather buy 20-30 year-old games at GOG for ~$2.49 than EA stuff today.

Six month's support is *horrifically* bad. I shall remember this for the future, no question about it.


Nobody does ? I'm sure blizzard has something to say about that.
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HorrorScope wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 17:30:
Been at the top of the charts the past couple weeks. So there is a market out there that wants an improved cheaper edition.

Correct. This is known as a "long tail."
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Creston wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 18:43:
Good job, EA. Another franchise you've ruined.


i got the impression from that post-mortem jason schreier wrote that the real issue wasn't executive meddling, but quite the opposite; bioware montreal needed firm management and never got it. someone needed to take ownership of the team and no one did.

i'm sure it's a factor that now the internet has totally lost the plot and morons who sincerely think they "have a good bead on things" are retroactively claiming bioware hasn't made a good game in 10 years, "sjws" ruined bioware, etc etc.
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And so, Mass Effect ends with a whimper. Good job, EA. Another franchise you've ruined.

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WaltC wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 17:29:
Nobody, but nobody comes close to CDPR in game support--it's not even close, CDProjekt is so far ahead. As is well known, they support their games years into the future, and as a result those games continue to bring in nice revenue streams years after they originally ship.

Disagree mucho. As much as I dislike (or am indifferent about) Blizzard and Valve but their support is second to none. They both really release patches for games years (decades even in some cases) after they came out.

CD Projekt offer decent support but have a relatively normal cycle. TW3 came out May 2015, received two full expansions and the last patch is now almost a year old (1.31 released in September 2016 and all focus is now on Cyberpunk apparently).
That's "only" about 15 months worth of support while many issues still remain (just check their forums).

There are many devs with similar support cycles like Larian Studios, inXile, Obshittian etc.
There is certainly nothing outstanding about CDP. They haven't touched the first Witcher or Witcher 2 in years either while there are quite a few other devs who bring their old games up to modern standards (like Titan Quest anniversary for example) or like Blizz and Valve release patches even for their ancient legacy stuff.

You're proof that CDP marketing is working as intended though. Release a half-finished game, fire off salvos of patches and hotfixes (to fix the patches) and make people believe that you are a developer God due to the sheer quantity of patch output.
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ME3 - People aren't happy with the ending. Let's release a ton of DLC and even modify the ending in the hopes people will forgive us.

ME:A - Go fuck yourselves. Sincerely, EA/bioware(for now)
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UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:26:

On a financial perspective it doesn't really seem to make much sense as there really won't be a tremendous amount of income derived from this.

Been at the top of the charts the past couple weeks. So there is a market out there that wants an improved cheaper edition.
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Sempai wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:19:
It's telling that EA's decision to pull out of Mass Effect Andromeda less than 6 months post release, and yet Hello Games continues to support No Man's Sky..

Unfortunately, from the forums, it seems like NMS "support" has doubled the number of bugs with the latest patch--couldn't buy that one, either. I'm thinking support for that one will end soon as well--they'd be constantly chasing their tails by releasing substantial game patches that keep adding bugs as well as content--that won't work out for them, I'm afraid.

Nobody, but nobody comes close to CDPR in game support--it's not even close, CDProjekt is so far ahead. As is well known, they support their games years into the future, and as a result those games continue to bring in nice revenue streams years after they originally ship. EA, and other companies--simply haven't the imagination to figure out how to do that. At EA, "serve the customer" is out--"fleece the customer" is in. You can easily discern the companies that are staffed with actual people who play games on their own computers (that they put together themselves) and companies like EA who look for nothing but the quick $.

EA systematically ruined the Dragon's Age franchise by managing to destroy everything about it that made the Origins game a lot of fun, and Inquisition, supposedly on a par with Witcher 3 prior to shipping, looked like a child's coloring book compared to the Mona Lisa, considering the highly professional job CDPR did with Witcher 3.

I didn't purchase Andromeda or Inquisition--glad I didn't! The Demo for DA:I was horrible--but I did conclude it was indeed representative of the game. Just couldn't bring myself to waste the money. I'd much rather buy 20-30 year-old games at GOG for ~$2.49 than EA stuff today.

Six month's support is *horrifically* bad. I shall remember this for the future, no question about it.
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The Half Elf wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 14:22:
Um... Maxis, Murky Foot, Bullfrog, Dice (not as bad as the others) etc, etc, etc.

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GothicWizard wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 14:49:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 14:22:
Hey Captain New's Flash, we knew this was going to happen as soon as it was announced. Why? Um... Maxis, Murky Foot, Bullfrog, Dice (not as bad as the others) etc, etc, etc.

Go back and see the heat I took for saying so back then soon after the purchase. Many online felt otherwise. And thanks for proving my point as to why I said so. History.. doomed to repeat.. etc

Your post history only goes back to February 2017.
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GothicWizard wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 14:49:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 14:22:
Hey Captain New's Flash, we knew this was going to happen as soon as it was announced. Why? Um... Maxis, Murky Foot, Bullfrog, Dice (not as bad as the others) etc, etc, etc.

Go back and see the heat I took for saying so back then soon after the purchase. Many online felt otherwise. And thanks for proving my point as to why I said so. History.. doomed to repeat.. etc

F'em. Stick to what ya know and let history sort it out. Bioware had a good run with EA until the Doctor's left the company.
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UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:26:

On a financial perspective it doesn't really seem to make much sense as there really won't be a tremendous amount of income derived from this.

Sure it makes sense if they want to repair their reputation and gain loyalty in the process. Maybe Sony is trying to save face too.

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Sempai wrote on Aug 20, 2017, 15:19:
It's telling that EA's decision to pull out of Mass Effect Andromeda less than 6 months post release, and yet Hello Games continues to support No Man's Sky..

Hello Games continued support of No Man's Sky is one of those things that kind of baffles me. On one hand it's great they are still updating the game for the people that own it.

On a financial perspective it doesn't really seem to make much sense as there really won't be a tremendous amount of income derived from this.

Which leads me to believe this is either a.) a self-driven "passion project" style effort to complete the game as they had envisioned, b.) a completion of the contract they had with Sony in exchange for the PS4 exclusivity, or c.) an attempt to salvage their studios reputation for future releases.

Whichever the reason I sure am enjoying their updates :).
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It's telling that EA's decision to pull out of Mass Effect Andromeda less than 6 months post release, and yet Hello Games continues to support No Man's Sky..
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Bioware Montreal was recently "enveloped" into Motive. It's not surprising that there's minimal development going on.

Bioware Austin is pretty much outsourcing artists to work the last legs off of Star Wars; the rest of them are helping out on Anthem. Sounds like Anthem is the only focus right now and EA is cutting off everything else.
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Did it ever really begin?
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Kinda feels like the AAA version of a kickstarter/early access being abandoned after they got their money... Heh. I personally enjoyed the game, but definitely no avoiding it was not up to Mass Effect/Bioware quality.
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