Following the disappointing critical and commercial reaction to Mass Effect Andromeda, EA confirms that they are merging Bioware Montreal into their other house based in Montreal, Motive Studios. Motive is a relatively new studio headed by ex-Ubisoft producer Jade Raymond, who are currently working with Dead Space developers Visceral on a new third-person Star Wars game, that has had all of six seconds of footage released. Motive are also helping out with the single-player side of Star Wars Battlefront II.
Mass Effect Andromeda came out in March this year to generally negative or lacklustre reviews. While it certainly has good moments and is not altogether a bad game, from a studio held in high regard like Bioware along with being the fourth game in the epic Mass Effect trilogy Andromeda could not be seen as anything but disappointing. It's like if Star Wars followed up the classic trilogy with a terrible fourth movie... oh.
There had been rumours that Bioware Montreal would downsized and become a support studio for other EA games following Andromeda's release, after Kotaku noted that a few developers were being moved over to Motive Studios even then. Now the whole studio has gone. Mass Effect Andromeda was Bioware Montreal's first real big lone project, and it's pretty obvious that they were in over their heads. They were basically tasked with making the greatest space RPG ever made, so it was no wonder expectations fell short.
This comes hot on the heels of the generally-accepted knowledge that Andromeda will not be getting any single-player story DLC, nor will it be receiving a sequel despite the game having multiple story threads left unfinished. Nevertheless the game continues to be patched, with a new one arriving just before this news focusing on multiplayer. If anyone's still playing it, of course.