Following the commercial failure of Mass Effect: Andromeda and the cancellation of planned DLC, it sure seemed like the BioWare franchise was dead. Or at the very least, it seemed like the franchise was getting put on ice for a few years. However, Kotaku is now reporting that another Mass Effect game is in “very early development at the Edmonton office under director Mike Gamble, a longtime BioWare producer.”
This news actually comes as literally a last-sentence detail attached to a larger report about BioWare’s equally troubled Anthem, an online live-service action adventure game. Kotaku reports that the developer is contemplating a full-scale redesign of Anthem in order to remedy the game’s myriad problems, though whether it will be a massive, instant replacement (like Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn) or a gradual upgrade like what No Man’s Sky received is currently undecided.
Of course, neither Mass Effect: Andromeda nor Anthem released on a Nintendo platform, and the last time we saw a modern BioWare game on a Nintendo console was Mass Effect 3: Special Edition on Wii U. As has been documented, EA is currently not providing a lot of support for Nintendo or Nintendo Switch. Still, never say never. Whatever this new project is, it’s not impossible that it could show up on a Nintendo Switch successor console someday.