EA says 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' not due till 2017

EA's CFO hints at a Q1 release next year.

It's been almost four years since players gathered a crew on the SSV Normandy SR-2 and saved the universe with Commander Shepard. A new Mass Effect game was originally scheduled for 2016, however an investor call with EA's CFO Blake Jorgensen suggests that Andromeda has now slipped into 2017. During the presentation, he was asked which titles the publisher will be releasing in its "FY (fiscal year) 2017," to which he replied:

"We've got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built -- it's called Titanfall, it's the second title they've brought out under that brand. Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted at around both fast action-driven shooter market as well as the strategy driven market in that quarter.

We have all our sports games, we have our Mirror's Edge runner game that's first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter."

That fiscal "fourth quarter" suggests the game will be coming out in the first part of 2017. That, in turn, implies a small delay from the "holiday 2016" window announced last June. It's not all that surprising, given how little of Andromeda we've seen beyond some concept art and a brief teaser trailer. But if you were hoping to jump through some Mass Relays this Christmas, bad news -- you're going to have to wait a little longer.