10:51am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Release Date Finally Announced
This March, gamers will finally get the chance to visit the Andromeda galaxy for themselves: BioWare announced the release date of the fourth in the series of fan-favorite Mass Effect games.
In a blog post about the release, BioWare general manager Aaryn Flynn called Andromeda "our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date," promising "completely new stories[,] new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems."
The game was officially announced in 2015, but it was just decided that the game was close enough to completion to schedule its release. "Over this holiday break, developers at BioWare took home a version of the game in what we call the 'holiday build,'" Flynn explained. "This is a long-standing studio tradition that goes back to the early days of the original Mass Effect. Many load up a PC or console and go home to play as much as possible at their leisure. Coming back from holiday, the feedback has been great."
Andromeda takes place six centuries after the original three Mass Effect games and places the player in the role of a character who originally left Earth following events of the second game, exploring the Andromeda galaxy to find new planets for humanity to colonize.
Outside the main game releases, Mass Effect has been spun off into novels, comic books and an anime adaptation.
The game will be released for Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 platforms on March 21.