In recent months, BioWare has consistently been trickling tidbits of interesting information and details about Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, the developer has yet to announce a definitive release for its much-anticipated sci-fi RPG that is currently set to release sometime in spring 2017.
Producer Fabrice Condominas has reassured fans that there is nothing to worry about regarding the game's release date.
"There's absolutely no reason to be worried," Condominas said in an interview with Eurogamer. "BioWare is all about quality and believe me - the team is extremely aware of how fast that is coming. But we're focusing on that - that's our objective.
"Maybe we'll need two extra days? When we're 100% confident we can go to certification on a certain date, then we'll give a very specific date. In the meantime, we're focusing on quality and every day counts. We don't want to pressure that," he said.
At the Game Awards earlier this month, BioWare gave fans the first extensive look of the game's combat, player abilities, exploration, weapons and more. While some fans voiced their concerns about the quality of the gameplay trailer's facial animations and lip-sync being muddy, the game's developers swiftly responded on Twitter saying they are still working to polish up the upcoming game's features.
"As was mentioned in the tweets, it's actually something that comes last in the polishing stage," Condominas said. "We've been using full facial capture for the first time to record the actor's performance and it's also the first time for BioWare [using this technique] working in Frostbite - I think we're beginning to push that pretty far.
"We're actively working on it and it's the last thing to be polished before we do a manual pass and really, really tweak all those movements because we first wanted to make sure the dialogue is final and settled," he said.
Eurogamer also inquired about the creative Mac Walters recent comments that players can expect to see additional squad members through DLCs in the future, given that BioWare stated it was not likely to release another DLC squadmate again after Mass Effect 3's day-one DLC character Javik.
"I think there's a lot of different ways we could introduce new characters like that, new squadmates, whether they are one-offs for a mission," Walters explains. "But I think Andromeda is more of a persistent experience, more of an open world than we've done before. Even once the critical path story, the main narrative, is done there's still a lot to accomplish.
"It's a game of exploration so if we wanted to create a space for a new follower we can do it. It's more a question of will we do it, at this point. I wasn't ruling it out, I think I meant, but it's certainly possible we'll bring in new characters before we get to a Mass Effect Andromeda 2," he said.
On N7 Day (7 November), BioWare released a visually stunning, action-packed cinematic trailer. Since then, the game's creators have steadily teased nuggets of details about the hotly anticipated game.
The latest briefing video from the "Andromeda Initiative" - an in-universe themed mailing list that invites players to receive "mission information, special training opportunities" and more - offered details about Andromeda's "smaller, streamlined version" of The Citadel called the Nexus and other intergalactic Arks including the Hyperion.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is currently set to release in spring 2017 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.