Today, via Twit­ter, BioWare offi­cial­ly announced a release date for Mass Effect: Androm­e­da. Accord­ing to Aaryn Fly­nn, the gen­er­al man­ag­er at BioWare, Androm­e­da will launch in North Amer­i­ca on Tues­day, March 21st, 2017. Europe has to wait a few days, until Thurs­day, March 23rd, 2017.

Appar­ent­ly, this is BioWare’s “most ambi­tious Mass Effect game to date.” They are plan­ning on giv­ing us brand new sto­ries, char­ac­ters, plan­ets, species, and intro­duc­ing  new game­play sys­tems. Androm­e­da will also be put on the Frost­bite engine for the first time. 

Over the hol­i­day break, the BioWare devel­op­ers took home a ver­sion of the game for what they called the “hol­i­day build”. It seems to be a tra­di­tion with­in the BioWare stu­dio that goes as far back as the orig­i­nal days of Mass Effect.  When the devs returned from break the feed­back received from them was obvi­ous amaz­ing, or they would not have secured a date so fast, and com­ing up so quick­ly. 

It has been five years since Mass Effect 3, and it seems the gam­ing com­mu­ni­ty as a whole is ready to see the next one. BioWare seems very ready to give to us, and is def­i­nite­ly excit­ed to do so. Hope­ful­ly the game lives up to all the hype it has been receiv­ing and this does not turn into anoth­er No Man’s Sky fias­co.