NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Okay, but we should probably have expected this. Back in January, Mass Effect: Andromeda lead designer Ian Frazier promised – HE PROMISED – that we’d get an update about the game’s multiplayer beta by the end of that month. Okay, maybe not so much a promise. More like a “maybe”. And now, with three weeks to go to launch, it’s a nuh-uh.

But mom.

The news comes via an update on BioWare’s website last night about the company’s booth at PAX East:

“While we will have live multiplayer at PAX East, there will no longer be a multiplayer tech test for players at home. Thank you to everyone who signed up. We look forward to seeing you in Andromeda.”

Responding to fans on Twitter, game producer Fernando Melo apologised about the cancellation, explaining (kind of, but not really) that it’s a “long story but right decision for how close we r [sic] to live”.

I wish we’d invent consumer cryostasis pods already, so we didn’t have to wait like this.