File this under 'it's never too early to ruin Christmas', because it looks like there won't be a new Mass Effect game released this year. Originally scheduled for a holiday release, in a recent investor call EA's chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen stated that the game will be released sometime during the first three months of next year. But, he also confirmed that later this year we can expect a new Battlefield game, as well as Titanfall 2.
"We’ve got our Battlefield first-person shooter game coming in the third quarter, and our third-party title that Respawn, our partner, built, it’s called TItanfall, it’s the second title that they brought into that brand. Both of those are first-person shooters and will be targeted around the fast, action-driven shooter market, as well as the strategy-driven market in that quarter.
We have our Mirror’s Edge runner game this first quarter, and then we have Mass Effect, which is a sci-fi action game, in our fourth quarter. So big year ahead and we’re pretty excited."
But, on the plus side we still know very little about this Commander Shepard-free Mass Effect game, other than it takes place in the Andromeda galaxy. And this confirms that a new Battlefield and Titanfall 2 are both due for release this year. Which is pretty good news for shooter fans.