Titan Books, in collaboration with BioWare, has announced its plans for a series of Mass Effect: Andromeda novels. Additionally, the publisher also revealed that three novels will now be coming instead of four.
The first book to kick off the trilogy will be called Mass Effect: Nexus Uprising, and will be written by Jason M. Hough and K.C. Alexander. The novel is currently scheduled to release on March 28, 2017. In an interview with Eurogamer Mass Effect Andromeda’s creative director Mac Walters revealed that Nexus Uprising will set up a “backstory of certain factors at the point when Ryder (the protagonist) arrives in the galaxy.”
The second book in the series is slated to be Mass Effect: Annihilation by Catherynne M. Valente, which will arrive sometime in the summer. Lastly, the third book — which was originally expected to be the first novel — will be Mass Effect: Initiation by N.K. Jemesin. It will arrive sometime in the fall.
Currently, information about the books is very scarce, and according to Titan this is because the books so intricately tie to the game.
As for the previously announced fourth novel, which was to be written by the above mentioned Mac Walters himself, it has currently been shelved for the time being. In the same interview with Eurogamer, Walters revealed why.
“So, when we first announced our partnership with Titan the idea was I’d do a fourth book which would be a bridge to the movie – which is still something that’s out there and we’re still talking about. But when I became creative director [on Andromeda] that became priority, I guess [laughs]. And with the state of where the movie was – it just didn’t feel like a priority. So what we said was, look, we’ll deliver a fourth book but we’ll see how these three do tied to Andromeda first. They’re great, I expect people will want to see more of Andromeda before they want more of a bridge to a possible future movie, so that’s the only reason they changed. Mass Effect Andromeda became a much higher focus – certainly my main focus.”
As for the mentioned Mass Effect movie, which was announced in 2010, there is no new information, as it still appears the project has made little progress.