Uncharted 4 isn’t the only game seeing a delay. The big publishers are still firming up their schedules, and as a result, some games are moving off the schedule, at least for 2016. That includes Mass Effect: Andromeda, although we still have a date for it.
According to Blake Jorgenson, CFO of EA, the next Mass Effect game will arrive in early 2017, which isn’t really surprising. We know almost nothing about Andromeda, aside from the fact that it’s not a direct sequel to Mass Effect 3 and that Commander Shepard won’t be coming back. Most of what we’ve seen has been CGI trailers, not gameplay. It’s likely we won’t see much more of the game until E3.
This also means we’ll have an interesting holiday 2016 in the gaming world. This is the first, but likely not the last, title to take itself out of contention to be tucked under Christmas trees. In fact, as of right now, the release schedule looks a bit sparse, although at least a few major games, like Dishonored 2, seem likely to pop up before the end of the year. But perhaps it’s for the best. If a new Mass Effect is coming, we’re going to need some space on the schedule in order to play it all the way through and sell out to every shop in the Citadel.