“The Story Behind Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Troubled Five-Year Development” by Jason Schreier
Like many stories of difficult or even failed video game development that I’ve read, from the collapse of Ion Storm to Battlecruiser 3000AD to Duke Nukem Forever (DNF) and arguably Half-Life 2 Episode Three/Half-Life 3, it all seems to boil down to trying to do too much when one doesn’t have a firm idea what the final finished product looks like or has no inclination to actually come up with a finished product. Sure, creativity doesn’t work on a timetable, it takes as much time as it—blah, blah, blah—creativity.
Please, our best writers and painters and scientists eventually get work done. Sculptors chisel away at the rock knowing what they’re looking for. Despite a tough time, I eventually wrote 50 short stories and a handful of novels from 2009 to 2012, like, under a thousand pages of literary fiction, because I wouldn’t start until had a beginning, middle and an end. Sadly, in the video game industry, there are a fair bit of developers, mostly on the smaller side, who are just all talk but once the popular support or the development money comes rolling in or come crunch time they’re gone and people are left hanging.
Now, that didn’t necessarily happen with Andromeda but tons of other stuff did. Read Schreier’s article!
My Main Take Aways from Schreier’s Article:
Prophecies have ordained that the final battle of chaos and order shall take place in a firepit–a burning, blasting sore on the surface of Apokolips.
There the father shall face the son he gave to his greatest enemy, and die at his hand.
—Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen, Legion of Super-Heroes #294, 28
Warner and DC should be making a New Gods film trilogy… without Zack Snyder.
Very J.J. Abrams-y.
Where’s the Martian Manhunter, Hawkgirl, or any one of 3,603 Green Lanterns?
The good thing about this trailer is that it hints that it won’t be just a shot-for-shot, scene-for-scene, copy of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995).
The bad thing is that the actor playing Batou looks nothing like him and that his prosthetic “Army Ranger” eyes look so fake.