Mass Effect Andromeda release date announced

Mass Effect Andromeda will launch earlier in March than expected.

Yesterday, we reported that Mass Effect Andromeda would release March 31 following an update on Xbox Live Rewards. This morning, Andromeda developer Bioware confirmed that date to be wrong, but there’s good news: The next Mass Effect will be releasing even sooner – March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe to be exact!

The update comes from General Manager of BioWare Aaryn Flynn who started up a blog post this morning to share more Andromeda news, which you can read in full here. In addition to the release date, Flynn shared details about the late development process. More precisely, he noted that this is the first Mass Effect game to use DICE’s Frostbite engine, so the team took some time to get the most out of it. Bioware fans will remember this isn’t the first time the developer has used Frostbite, the first time being 2014’s Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Flynn said that the entire Andromeda team got to take home a “holiday build” which was a fully playable (though not final) build of the game to give feedback as development winds down. Because some of the Andromeda team also worked on the original trilogy, Flynn said their feedback that the game was shaping up well was the affirmation Bioware and EA were looking for.

Although Flynn’s update was brief, it’s great to hear more from the team. Barring another delay, gamers should be able to get their hands on Mass Effect Andromeda in just over two months. PC and Xbox gamers won’t have to wait quite as long to get their hands on Andromeda because EA has already confirmed that those with Origin or EA Access will get early access five to seven days ahead of launch.

Mass Effect Andromeda looks to finally release March 21, 2017 on PC, Xbox One and PS4.

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