Over the weekend, Dark Horse unveiled The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda at the New York Comic-Con. While collecting unpublished concept art and pairing it with a behind-the-scenes look at the development process has become a common tie-in for many blockbuster games, but fans are paying particular attention to this one because Dark Horse’s promotional efforts for the book may have revealed the game’s release date.
According to the Amazon listing for The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the next entry in BioWare’s RPG franchise will be released on March 21, 2017, the same day as the book:
The award-winning Mass Effect series captured the renegade hearts and paragon souls of gamers everywhere with it’s memorable characters, stunning visuals, and visceral combat! Now, journey to a new galaxy with Dark Horse’s The Art of Mass Effect Andromeda- featuring never-before-seen art of the hotly anticipated game’s characters, arsenal, locations, vehicles, and more! This deluxe hardcover is an essential addition to any gamer’s collection!
Dark Horse will release The Art of Mass Effect: Andromeda simultaneously with the game!
Exclusive never before seen concept art from the making of Mass Effect Andromeda!
The comprehensive companion to the wildly anticipated Mass Effect Andromeda!
It’s certainly possible that Dark Horse isn’t using “simultaneously” to mean “the exact same day,” but it seems likely that Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch sometime around March 21. Especially since EA has already told fans that the PC, PS4, and Xbox One game will be available in “Early 2017.” To make that deadline, the game has to be out by the end of March.
So will Mass Effect: Andromeda be released on March 21, 2017? Probably… but we’re still waiting on an official announcement from EA and BioWare.