Today, EA have confirmed that they will be merging Bioware Montreal and Motive Studios. Speaking to IGN in a statement, EA commented on the decision stating “With multiple major projects in development in Montreal, we are merging BioWare Montreal with Motive Studios. This is an ongoing process, but there are many exciting roles and opportunities for everyone on the team.”
This announcement comes after the news that the Mass Effect series was being put on hold, most likely due to the tepid response to Mass Effect Andromeda. It seems that Bioware Montreal will be acting as a support studio for Motive‘s projects as well as other Bioware games.
Mass Effect Andromeda was the first game headed up by Bioware Montreal and release to a mixed response. Many criticised the game for its bug-ridden facial animations and poor writing. The game was due to be a new start for the series but it seems that plans have changed since release.