"As we've been playing the game at the studio recently, it's showing us that we're taking the game in the right direction," said Aaryn Flynn, general manager of BioWare, in a post on the Mass Effect website. "But we also know we need the right amount of time to make sure we deliver everything the game can be and should be — that's our commitment from all of us to all of you. Because of that, Mass Effect: Andromeda will now ship in early 2017."
The statement confirms comments made by Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer of Mass Effect publisher Electronic Arts, during a technology conference in early March. At the time, Jorgensen said Andromeda would be released in the fourth quarter of EA's 2017 fiscal year, which runs from January to March 2017.
When BioWare officially unveiled Andromeda at E3 2015, the studio said it planned to release the game in holiday 2016. BioWare said today that it will provide "an update" on the project during EA Play, the publisher's pre-E3 2016 press briefing. Andromeda is in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One in EA's Frostbite engine.