Although Mass Effect: Andromeda is less than two months away, EA has announced that Bioware’s follow-up, a new IP, will launch before the end of the company’s next fiscal year in March 2018.
Releasing the news as part of an investor’s call yesterday, EA CEO Andrew Wilson stressed that the game is “not an RPG,” but rather an “action-adventure title” set in a “unique new universe”. Wilson also said the game is based on a “clean sheet design,” focusing on all-new concepts and gameplay mechanics.
Meanwhile, on Bioware’s blog, the developer’s General Manager, Aaryn Flynn, mentioned that the project has been in the works since 2012, but failed to provide more concrete details.
This new IP, in development at Bioware Edmonton, has been teased before in a video from E3 2014 (embedded below). The goal of the title then was to tell “contemporary stories” in a world that feels real. Players were given a glimpse of small area in what appears to be a desert as the environment ran through a day/night cycle.
The last new Bioware IP was Shadow Realms, a now-cancelled MMO that was in development at Bioware Austin. That game was set to take place in a fantastical version of the real world. Before its cancellation, Shadow Realms was rumoured to being retooled into a more traditional single-player RPG. Whether any of the remnants of that project have been incorporated into Bioware’s new IP remains to be seen.
Alongside the release window for this new IP, Wilson also confirmed Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s holiday launch window, announced that the next Need for Speed will be out in 2017, and scuppered recent rumours of Skate 4.
While details on this new IP are slim, Mass Effect: Andromeda is scheduled to March 23 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.