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Mass Effect: Andromeda finally has a release date

It's been a long time coming, but Bioware has finally announced that Mass Effect: Andromeda will hit stores in late March. In particular, Andromeda will land for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC on March 21 in North America and March 23 in Europe.

When it was initially announced, Mass Effect: Andromeda was expected for a 2016 release. That was later delayed for a general "early 2017" timeframe, allowing Bioware to get everything about the game just right. From Bioware:

Mass Effect: Andromeda is our most ambitious Mass Effect game to date. We're telling completely new stories, creating new characters, new planets, new species, and introducing new gameplay systems. And for the first time, we're bringing Mass Effect to the Frostbite game engine, an incredible engine that's delivering a tremendous graphical jump from the trilogy to Mass Effect: Andromeda. To deliver on this, we're taking all the time we can to make sure you're getting the best possible experience.

Mass Effect: Andromeda takes place after the events of Mass Effect 3 in the Andromeda galaxy. As Bioware notes, you'll be able to check out all-new planets, characters, and species in a gamethat should exceed the scope of previous entries in the series. You'll look good doing it, too, with HDR and 4K support on board.

In the meantime, Mass Effect: Andromeda is available for pre-order now. Will you be picking up Mass Effect: Andromeda in March? Let us know in the comments!

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • Will picking this up most definitely.All the first 3 were good so I hope this one will live up to its hype
  • Can't wait. I'll wait for the digital pre order. :)
  • I cannot wait. Mass Effect is my most favorite game series. Greatly looking forward to this game!
  • LOL, at first I thought Google Andromeda OS. Phew!
  • that's "Mass Effect" ;)
  • Any idea what the min or recommended computer specs will be?
  • Of course I am picking it up. I hope by new gameplay systems that they don't mean the cover shooter with choices that was number 2 and most of number 3.
  • New one is more "open world" but the combat looks mostly the same.
  • I love Mass Effect but will pass until it's available on the Windows Store. I've boycotted EA ever since they started making their PC games Origin exclusives.
  • The other Mass Effects are available in Steam so hopefully this one will be too. It would be amazing if it was in the Windows Store with a cross-platform (Xbox One) buy like GoW4.
  • Can't wait Best Trilogy ever!
  • Hopefully it'll have controller support and be available on steam. Otherwise I might actually get the PS4 version... Or even not get it. One of the best game series ever made, but the PC versions have been a bit (quite a bit) of a shitshow.
  • @Dan Thorp-Lancaster: There's a factual error in this article. This game actually takes place AFTER the events of Mass Effect 2, just before the Reaper invasion. Game Informer, Gamespot, and Kotaku have clarified this.
  • Awesome, I look forward to picking this up with the Scorpio.
  • I've read that it won't be supporting 4k via Scorpio....   which is massively disappointing.
  • I believe they just said they didnt have any current plans but didnt rule out future support.
  • Can't wait for this one!