BioWare Explains Why It's 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Instead of 'Mass Effect 4'

By Michael Augustin , Updated Mar 16, 2017 05:41 AM EDT

Gamers who have Origin Access and EA Access are getting early access to "Mass Effect: Andromeda" this week, while regular players will get the games next week. The game will be the fourth installment of the popular sci-fi RPG series, which made fans wonder why BioWare did not go with "Mass Effect 4" instead. The question was left unanswered for a while already, but it seems Mac Walters, the game's creative director, will offer to explain why.

The developer reportedly held a panel during the PAX East last weekend to talk about the dialogue system in "Andromeda". Game Rant says that the group opened up their talk to explain why the company decided to rename the title instead of just going with "4" as expected. Walters directly told the attendees "we wanted the trilogy to end." His statement appears to support the studio's original plan to market the series as a trilogy.

Since BioWare wanted to close out the first three games, the development team possibly avoided naming the next installment as "Mass Effect 4". It seems that they wanted to address all the loose ends for their fans that played all the games from the trilogy. Not to mention that the ending of the third game was considered by most reviewers as controversial, which left many players confused and some angry. The title change to "Mass Effect: Andromeda" allowed the team to come up with new concepts and ideas.

Sources suspected that fans would be disappointed if ever the developers went with a fourth entry after the less-than-favorable ending of the third game. They speculate that players would feel shortchanged if the studio pushed for a continuation that would feel like it was a forced. Players reportedly favor the developer's approach now with the latest game, but it is too early to judge until the game officially becomes available next week.

With "Mass Effect 4" officially canned for "Mass Effect: Andromeda", BioWare was able to introduce new characters as well as a new threat called the Kett, reports Gamenguide. The game has players who reportedly leave the Milky Way system for a new galaxy, which introduces new specifies and races. However, fans were told that some of the more familiar races will still make an appearance in the latest game.

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