Even though there’s still no official release date confirmed for Mass Effect: Andromeda, at least now we have a ballpark date regarding the game’s release. Unfortunately, the new Mass Effect game won’t be arriving in 2016 at all, as Electronic Arts has recently revealed during an investor call that it plans to launch it during its Q4 2016 fiscal year. What this means is that Mass Effect: Andromeda will arrive sometime between January and March 2017. As far as Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 5 are concerned, EA has stated that these titles will be released during its Q3 2016 fiscal year, and so we still have quite a bit of waiting time ahead of us.
Blake Jorgensen, the chief financial officer over at EA has stated the following:
“We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter coming in the third quarter, and our third party title that Respawn built… it’s called Titanfall… it’s the second title they brought out under that brand. Both those are first-person shooter and will be targeted around both fast action-driven shooter market as well as the strategy driven market in the quarter. We have all our sports games, we have Mirror’s Edge, a runner game coming out in the first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So big year ahead and we’re pretty excited.”
As long as the aforementioned games turn out to be polished and optimized properly for various platforms, I think that a bit of waiting time is certainly worth it. Let’s just hope that they won’t be delayed, though.
Battlefield fans will be happy to know that EA has plans for the installment of the franchise. According to a statement given out by EA, the next Battlefield title from DICE will launch in time to be sold during the holiday season later this year. Following up Battlefield 5 will be Titanfall 2 from Respawn and Mass Effect: Andromeda from BioWare either in late 2016 or early 2017. In the interim, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst and a number of EA Sports titles will fill in the year.
Unfortunately for those looking for a new Battlefield title set during either World War 2 or the Cold War, Battlefield 5 will once again be a modern shooter. This is the latest in a long line of titles since Battlefield: Bad Company 2 in 2010 which have focused on modern warfare. Honestly, the modern warfare setting has gotten a bit stale and repetitive so hopefully, the next installment will show a return to their roots.
The full EA statement follows:
“In Q1, we’ll begin with the creative and innovative Mirror’s Edge Catalyst from DICE launching in May. A great line-up of EA Sports titles are in development for next year, and we look forward to sharing more about these new experiences in the months ahead. An all-new Battlefield game from DICE will arrive in time for the holidays, we’re excited to have a new Titanfall experience coming from our friends at Respawn – and of course, Mass Effect Andromeda from the team at BioWare will launch later in the fiscal year.”
DirectX 12 is almost here and big name gaming companies already want to have it as a requirement for their next games. Frostbite’s technical director, Johan Andersson, is one of the people who expressed interest to have DirectX 12, Windows 10 and WDDM 2.0 as minimum requirements for the Holiday 2016 Frostbite-powered games.
Andersson believes that gamers will take advantage of the free upgrade from Windows 7 and 8 to Windows 10 that will be available during the first year, having the move be the decisive turning point for the company to make the decision of switching to DirectX 12 as a requirement.
The technical director appears to have also hinted at some engine upgrades done recently, which we will probably see in future games that are about to be released. We might even see the new upgrades in the Star Wars: Battlefront title that will be released later this year.
Frostbite clearly indicated that it is one of the game companies to embrace DirectX 12 once it rolls out. If the company truly makes the latter technology a requirement, we might be looking at Mass Effect 4 or even Battlefield 5 as strong candidates that will be shipped with DirectX 12 support during the 2016 holiday.