Mass Effect Andromeda has been for many a major disappointment. While I did not find it to be a bad game per-se It certainly failed to live up to the legacy of the franchise.
The lack of a story DLC exploring the fate of the Quarians was also a point of discussion among many fans, so many are looking at the upcoming Anthem with a bit of apprehension.
Today General Manager Casey Hudson, who recently returned to the helm of the studio, posted a message on BioWare’s official page, addressing the elephants rampaging around the room.
Hutson talked about the lack of a Quarian DLC, which he defines “frustrating” for the development team as much as it is for the fans, and the fact that the experience made them realize the need to stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from BioWare games
This, according to Hudson, is the spirit permeating the production of Anthem, that should feel “very distinctly BioWare.”
“Humans! It’s going to be an exciting year. There’s so much going on that I wanted to set up a blog where I can share some thoughts and news with you directly. This is the first entry in a series where I’d like to talk about our vision for BioWare, what that means for our upcoming titles, and share some stories about development as we head towards the launch of Anthem.
I started at BioWare 20 years ago. I’ve worked on several of our titles, most notably as the Producer/Director of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and the Mass Effect Trilogy. A few years ago, I took some time away to try something different, and had an amazing experience working at Microsoft on mixed-reality and HoloLens. But the Great White North called me home once again when I was offered the opportunity to return to BioWare as General Manager. The idea of leading the company that I was part of building for so long, and returning to work on the game worlds that I love, was one I couldn’t pass up.
When I returned to BioWare last summer, Mass Effect: Andromeda had just been released and there was a significant movement among players asking for a story DLC that would answer questions surrounding the fate of the quarians. As you know, we were not able to deliver story DLC for Andromeda—this was as frustrating for us as it was for players, and it was something we knew we had to solve in future games.
That experience ultimately became a defining moment in refocusing BioWare’s mission. We need to delight players with new experiences and innovation, but we must stay focused on the importance of the world, character, and storytelling elements that players expect from our games. And our games must be designed to continue delivering new stories and experiences, in an ongoing relationship with players in the worlds we’re evolving together.
It’s in that spirit that we are working through production on Anthem–a game designed to create a whole new world of story and character that you can experience with friends in an ongoing series of adventures. It will be unlike anything you’ve played, but if we do it right, it will feel very distinctly BioWare.
Next time I’ll talk more about how our updated studio mission is helping to focus our work on Anthem and the games that will follow!
Mass Effect Andromeda is currently available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. Anthem will launch for the same platforms in early 2019.