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Mass Effect: Andromeda is officially so bad it killed a studio

We had plenty of signs, but now it’s official: BioWare Montreal is no more.

The Canadian division of BioWare will soon be absorbed into Jade Raymond’s EA Motive Studios, the company that is currently working on Star Wars: Battlefront II as well as an unnamed new action-adventure project.

“With multiple major projects in development at Montreal, we are merging BioWare Montreal with Motive Studios,” reads a press statement from EA (via Destructoid). “This is an ongoing process, but there are many exciting roles and opportunities for everyone on the team.”

BioWare Montreal’s future has been rocky ever since the launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda. The company was forced to shelf plans for a sequel. That was followed by the entire series being put on hiatus, and it finally emerged that the company had no plans to support Andromeda itself with single-player DLC.

As for BioWare’s other studios, BioWare Edmonton is currently working on Anthem, while BioWare Austin continues to support Star Wars: The Old Republic.

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Mass Effect Andromeda studio BioWare Montreal will be absorbed by EA Motive

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BioWare Montreal was formed in 2009 and grew slowly from a support team on Mass Effect 2 (it made the game's Uncharted Worlds missions) to the team behind Mass Effect 3's enjoyable multiplayer (and also its boring Omega DLC).

Montreal then staffed up fully to take on Mass Effect Andromeda, while BioWare's Edmonton mothership worked on the upcoming Anthem. The fallout from Andromeda has pointed to friction between Montreal and Edmonton as one of the reasons Andromeda struggled to meet expectations.

The closure of BioWare's Montreal studio is another sign we won't see another Mass Effect game anytime soon. BioWare's Austin studio is still working on Star Wars: The Old Republic, while Edmonton is busy finishing Anthem for launch next year (and ongoing support after) as well as in early development on the next Dragon Age.

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