'Mass Effect: Andromeda' arrives March 21st

March 23rd in Europe

Electronic Arts and BioWare have finally ended months of itchiness by announcing the release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda. At CES this morning, the duo revealed that the title will arrive in the US on Tuesday, March 21st. Europeans will need to be a little more patient, unfortunately, since the game debuts on that side of the pond on the 23rd. The title will arrive on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows just four months after its original ship date of "Holiday 2016."

Andromeda tells the story of Ryder, a pathfinder tasked with finding habitable planets for humanity 600 years after the events of the original trilogy. The game will also serve as a showcase for EA's Frostbite engine and its ability to create environments in 4K. We've already seen demo footage of the game running in 4K on the PS4 Pro, which offers a breathtaking level of detail and realism.

There is one small element of intrigue behind the game, which is that at least two of the game's creative minds quit developer BioWare last year. Andromeda's lead writer Chris Schlerf departed in February to go work for Bungie while senior editor Cameron Harris departed in August. It's likely that their work was completed on the title before they left, but it does raise the question of what happens for any potential sequels.

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