Mass Effect will live on (sort of) despite Andromeda’s poor reception

In the wake of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s poor critical reception, Electronic Arts said it was putting the series on an indefinite hiatus, with BioWare fully transitioning over to its upcoming online title Anthem. However, it would seem that said hiatus will only apply to new Mass Effect games, at least for the time being, since the series will get at least one new tie-in novel in the near future.

According to this recent announcement post on BioWare’s blog, the previously unveiled tie-in novel Mass Effect: Annihilation has been given a new release date of June 26, 2018 (it was originally supposed to arrive this past summer). Annihilation, which was written by Hugo Award-winning sci-fi author Catherynne M. Valente, focuses on the journey of the ‘Keelah Si’yah’ Quarian ark, an ark which left after all of the other arks from the main Andromeda storyline and thus didn’t make it into the scope of the game’s lore (there were rumors that, before all of Andromeda’s single-player DLC was cancelled, BioWare had planned to bring the ark into the game via a DLC expansion).

In Annihilation, it is revealed that a deadly pathogen has begun to spread within the bowels of the Keelah Si’yah, one which seems to have been released by a malicious individual with their own sinister motives. Annihilation was originally going to be followed by another book, Mass Effect: Initiation, but it remains to be seen whether or not that’s still the plan.