One of the criticisms of Mass Effect Andromeda was the lack of alien species. From The Gamer, Cian Maher spoke to several former BioWare developers, who revealed that they had projects for up to ten new alien species but was cut off because of budget, scope, and even cosplay. BioWare apparently chose the two species considered friendly to cosplay.
“Since the scope of Mass Effect was so incredibly large, there was an inherent promise that you would have a massive new experience with a ton of new things in Mass Effect Andromeda – new species, new knowledge, a whole new galaxy at your fingertips. fingers, etc., ”said writer Neil Pollner. “But we only received the budget for two new species, plus Remnant.”
“One of the strengths of the original Mass Effect trilogy is that you can actually cosplay most of the alien characters – except Hanar, although I don’t underestimate the creativity of some cosplayers,” added design director Dorian Kieken. “The intention in Mass Effect Andromeda was to introduce new races that would still be in the realm of cosplay, which is probably why more crazy concepts have been abandoned.”
Unfortunately, it is unlikely that we will see discarded projects or learn more about abandoned alien species. According to another former writer, Chris Helper, the projects are owned by BioWare, and he would have to ask permission before talking about them. However, he is “100% sure” that the studio will never use these ideas.