EA's EVP thinks Mass Effect: Andromeda "got criticised a little bit more than it deserved"

Mass Effect Andromeda

Opinions are split on Mass Effect: Andromeda. Simply put, some are fans, some definitely are not. Gamereactor wanted to hear what EA’s executive vice president Patrick Söderlund thinks about the game, and so asked him for his thoughts on Mass Effect as a franchise. 

Here's the three bits of DLC we think could have saved Mass Effect: Andromeda.

With regard to Mass Effect: Andromeda, Söderlund thinks that the criticisms were somewhat harsh. Prefacing with, “I don’t usually do this,” he says that Mass Effect Andromeda “got criticised a little bit more than it deserved” and that “it’s a great game.” 

He also called out those who claim that EA won’t be making another Mass Effect game following the criticisms and reception for Mass Effect: Andromeda. “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.”

Söderlund did give what looks to be confirmation that EA will be returning to Mass Effect in the future, though - he noted that the form that takes isn't decided yet, but that "whenever we bring Mass Effect back again, we have to make sure that we bring it back in a really [relevant] way, and in a fresh, exciting place."

That’s a very good sign for seeing more Mass Effect in the future, even if it won't be in the form of Mass Effect: Andromeda single-player DLC. For more of Gamereactor UK’s interview with Patrick Söderlund, read it here.

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El Bearsidente Avatar
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2 Months ago

Dragon Age: Origins – play as a warrior of legends, the last of the Grey Wardens!

Dragon Age 2: play as the most baddest mofo in town, the champion of Kirkwall!

Dragon Age Inquisition: play as the leader of the most influential organization in the world, shaping it as you see fit, you’re the Inquisitor!

Mass Effect: play as the most baddest human mofo war hero, the first human specter, commander Shepard!

Andromeda: play as that awkward guy / girl from your university days who tried to be cool and deep on his / her social media account, but failed miserably, has zero social experience and cares little about his / her current situation. IN SPACE! (features the writing talents of your local tumblr fanfic writer.)

Then add the graphics, the animations, the complete rubbish this product was. And don't make me start on the bugs.

But we, the customers, are unfair in criticism, especially of steaming horse poo like Andromeda?

Well, fine, if that's the way you want to have it, Mr. Soderlund, I'll take my money elsewhere.

PS: opinions are not split on this, opinions are overwhelmingly negative, can you imagine what the Steam reviews would be, if it was on Steam? Oy!

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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2 Months ago

Opinions are 100% split on this. Look at the reviews. Look at the Andromeda subreddit. Look at the response when we tweeted this article out. Lol.

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greenminogon Avatar
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1 Week ago

I think he means the general consensus is that the game was underwhelming. Many people did like the game, but that fact that the planned DLC was canceled speaks volumes.

Also, this is just me, but the writing wasn't nearly as engaging as its predecessor. Came off as kind of fan fictiony imo.

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TsunamiWombat Avatar
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2 Months ago

It was a much anticipated sequel that was deafeningly decent. It didn't get criticized "too much", it just didn't get carried by it's name like you hoped

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Ben Barrett Avatar
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2 Months ago

People sent death threats, mate

Like, a lot of them.

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TsunamiWombat Avatar
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2 Months ago

Death Threats on the internet are pretty meaningless at this point.

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MadMarchHare Avatar
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1 Month ago

Death threats are never meaningless no matter how desensitized you have become.

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greenminogon Avatar
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2 Months ago

I don't think we should conflate the legitimate criticisms with the bat-shit crazy ones. Calling for death or bodily is what I consider to be batshit crazy

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2 Months ago

Nah the hate went too far. The game isn't that bad, especially with the patches they put forth. It wasn't the OMG amazing game I hoped for, but then, are they ever? The thing that should be taken away from it however is how politics encroaching on work place is going to have a pretty negative effect on product you put out.

Honestly surprised EA even let it get that point. Stuffed shirts that they are.

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2 Months ago

It didn't get criticized nearly as much as it deserved. The facial animation stuff wasn't meaningless but it wound up being a rallying cry for people to defend the game, when it had nothing to do with why the game was so bad.

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2 Months ago

Definitely copped more shit than it should have. Seen far wore games get by with less. Problem here was the rabid fan base was always going to be hell to please. The comical animations didn't do it any favours though, that shit should have be picked up on straight away. How anyone looked at that and thought yeah this is all good, the mind boggles.

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