Following a relatively lukewarm reception to the latest entry in the Mass Effect series, it seems the entire franchise has been put on hold, as the studio behind the latest entry, Bioware Montreal, has been downsized and restructured by EA.
The news has been corroborated by at least four Kotaku sources close to the company. It would seem that despite EA CEO Andrew Wilson's assurances just days ago of having faith in Bioware following the relatively poor critical reception of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the combination of the visual glitches that plagued the game's release and possibly lower than expected sales, has prompted executives to make a change, at least as far as Mass Effect is concerned.
The series has allegedly been put on hold for the time being, and the Montreal wing of Bioware downsized, with employees being moved to other projects like Star Wars: Battlefront 2. Given the immense popularity of Mass Effect, it's rather unlikely we're never going to hear about it again, but if you've been waiting (spoiler alert) to find out whatever happened to the Quarian Ark, it seems you'll be waiting for some time to come.