Yesterday, rumours began to circulate that Mass Effect: Andromeda's unconfirmed, but anticipated story DLC had been cancelled, with a company supposedly contracted to work on the project announcing its termination. Those rumours, key members of the Andromeda team have now stated, are untrue.
It all started when members of the Bioware Social Network forum stumbled upon an unusual Facebook post by Austrian "company" Sinclair Networks: "This news saddens us to say, but it was made official after a meeting this week that there will be no story DLC for Mass Effect: Andromeda from us. Due to issue in initial production, heavy critique, significant delays in other projects, staff allocation and reductions in Montreal, it was decided to shelve the franchise for the time being and all our resources and outsourcing area being focused to the 2018 release of Anthem".
This immediately raised two questions: what the kind of outsourcing company would so brazenly reveal confidential business details on its Facebook page, and secondly, who the hell are Sinclair Networks anyway? Reddit detectives immediately set to work on the latter issue, quickly concluding that Sinclair Networks likely wasn't a real company at all. The news, it decided, was nothing more than a hoax.
If the results of Reddit's investigations weren't quite enough to convince concerned Mass Effect fans of the rumours' falsity, however, then word from the BioWare team itself should have been. Posting on Twitter, Mass Effect: Andromeda producer Michael Gamble shot straight from the hip:
Never heard of Sinclair Networks. Ever.
— Michael Gamble (@GambleMike) June 29, 2017
Meanwhile, Fernando Melo, the games producer, confirmed that "we build our own dlc/patches for our games and don't hire fake companies to do so." Unfortunately, he also restated Bioware's continued stance that it isn't currently discussing Andromeda's future DLC plans.
While we can't talk about future yet, I can def say we build our own dlc/patches for our games and don't hire fake companies to do so.
— Fernando Melo (@DiscoBabaloo) June 29, 2017
When fans pointed out that this continued silence didn't exactly restore confidence in Bioware or, indeed, the future of the game—what with reports earlier in the year suggesting that Andromeda's development is currently "on hiatus"—Melo continued, "The internet is what it is. Doesn't change the fact that there are things we can & cannot talk about at times, as part of a public company."
As for the mysterious entity that started all this kerfuffle, Sinclair Networks first deleted its post, then removed its Facebook Page entirely.
Was it a mistake, a hoax, the work of a disgruntled employee, the enigmatic beginnings of an elaborate ARG that internet sleuths will toil over for years to come? The only thing we know for sure right now, is that we don't know anything about Mass Effect: Andromeda's future DLC.