The studio behind Mass Effect: Andromeda, BioWare Montreal, has closed its doors. The studio has been merged with Motive Studios, who are currently assisting DICE’s development on Star Wars: Battlefront II. This comes just after EA confirmed that many developers from the studio had already joined Motive.
After months of speculation regarding the future of both the Mass Effect franchise as well as the game’s developer, EA’s Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen, released a statement that matched most of the speculation following the disappointing critical and fan response to Andromeda.
“We’re building out a new studio in Montreal, as we’ve told everyone. And we’ve hired over 100 people into that studio that are brand-new to EA. This is to build the new IP around Jade Raymond’s team that she’s been building… And we brought our BioWare Montreal team into that same facility. So they now all sit in one new studio together.”
EA later formerly confirmed that Jorgensen’s statement was a concrete confirmation of the merger between BioWare and Motive.
“With multiple major projects in development in Montreal, we are merging BioWare Montreal with Motive Studios. This is an ongoing process, but there are many exciting roles and opportunities for everyone the team,” said an EA statement regarding the merger. “BioWare continues its work on new titles – including the highly-anticipated game, Anthem. What’s coming next for BioWare is very exciting and we’re thrilled to have Casey Hudson returning to lead the studios in Edmonton and Austin.”
It is assumed that the studio will help finish the work on Battlefront II and then move on to Jade Raymond’s new Star Wars game with Visceral Studios.
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