Mass Effect Andromeda was “criticised more than it deserved” says Soderlund

Mass Effect Andromeda was “criticised more than it deserved” says Soderlund

At the end of last week, EA and Bioware announced that they would be making no further single updates to Mass Effect Andromeda. This left fans wondering if that would be it for the franchise following the criticism the game received after launch.

EA’s Patrick Soderlund commented to GameReactor that Mass Effect could make a return and that Mass Effect Andromeda was unfairly criticised.

“Well I think, my personal opinion is, I think that the game… I usually don’t do this, but this is one of those places where I feel like the game got criticised a little bit more than it deserved. I think the game is actually a great game,” said Soderlund. “Yes, we have to acknowledge the fact that there were some things that maybe we could have done better, absolutely, but as a whole, if you go in and you buy the game today with everything that’s in it today, I believe that that’s a game worth buying, personally.”

“So that’s the first thing I’ll say. The [second] thing I’ll say is, for Mass Effect as a franchise, that has such a big fanbase, and you know I’ve seen people saying ‘Oh, EA’s not making another Mass Effect’. I see no reason why we shouldn’t come back to Mass Effect. Why not? It’s a spectacular universe, it’s a loved [series], it has a big fanbase, and it’s a game that has done a lot for EA and for BioWare.”

Soderlund went on to say that if they do bring it back, they need to “bring it back in a really [relevant] way, and in a fresh, exciting place”. That might be a challenge for EA considering Andromeda was the start of something new but failed to capture the imagination of some fans. The game’s technical problems at launch certainly did not help to revitalise the franchise.

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    • Commissar7

      They made bad decisions, and after the bad reception of the game they complain that we don’t like it? Could the players be wrong, and that man from EA right?
      Hmmm …. I wonder.

    • locke

      “Yes, we have to acknowledge the fact that there were some things that maybe we could have done better”


      Some things? Maybe? You’ve got to be kidding me. The writing is a disaster, the animations are laughable, the combat lacks companion control. This is a mediocre game an EAWare deserved all the criticism it got. It had some good bits like the exploration so I really hope they learned from its mistakes because Mass Effect is a good series and deserves to be brought back in good shape. Let’s bring Shepard back, he/she is alive after all so… there, less Andromeda and more Shepard.

      • Ossi Hurme

        Guy died and Milky Way races aren’t the same anymore 😉

        • locke

          How? You cannot control when to trigger their powers. Unless you consider just moving them around a command. Also,no, Shepard is definitely not dead if you chose red. So, he/she can totally come back.

          • Ossi Hurme

            Yes giving command to move to position is commanding them. Not much but it is. At least this time it is useful previous games they just took care of themselves perfectly. Now you have terrain to actually move. Not that you would really need it this time either.
            “if you chose red” your/our/their problem right there.

            • locke

              Congrats on commanding squadmates to move around as opposed to triggering combos with their powers strategically like in previous games. Each to their own I guess.

              Your choices were irrevelant anyway. Only minor ones were taking into account. And honestly, the ending was so bad that I wouldn’t mind if Mass Effect 4 starts at ME3’s ending retconning it into the indoctrination theory.

              • Ossi Hurme

                No congratulations needed, wasn’t that hard. I’m sure even you could master it with little practise 😉
                If they would start with the indoctrination then my choice would have been meaningless. At the moment it isn’t.
                Personally I’d like to return to Andromeda. World building was bit lacking there so they could do better job fleshing out the world. Plus at this point Andromeda fits better for the exploration aspect.

                If we would return to Milky Way I’d rather see something more compact story wise (but not shorter)before the Reapers arrived. I mean you could base most of the game for Citadel for example. That place is huge but we never see more than few small areas in these places.

              • locke

                Your choice was meaningless anyway. That’s why they are not going back to the Milky way, so they don’t have to deal with those choices. Pretty sad and lazy.

                At least the indoctrination wouldn’t involve simon coloured choices that don’t matter anyway and it would respect the player’s intelligence. The “endings” that we got were utter crap. No way around that.

                PS: I can master anything, so you don’t need to worry about my skills. Better worry about your mental capabilities, friend.

                They must be degrading since you prefer a game where the only strategy involving companions implies moving them around as oppossed to using their skills strategically depending on the situation. 😉

              • Ossi Hurme

                We all get older that is life. And I don’t prefer games with less options. You only read it that way. I only said you can still command them. I could write about something about reading comprehension here but I doubt that would make either of us feel any better.

                Yeah the color choice mechanic was bad. Almost Human Revolution level of bad. But still I don’t consider my choice meaningless. That is how my trilogy ended and I’m satisfied with it. And it doesn’t make the choice meaningless to me.
                But if they continue the story then at that point it propably becomes meaningless 🙁

    • Brek Brekek

      Delusional AF.. Why am I not surprised?