This "they took five years" argument needs to go the way of the dodo. That would mean pre-production took place during Mass Effect 3's development which I call bullshit on. Remember the first 2 teasers of Andromeda? One was a dev diary and the other was a CG trailer of maps. There's no way this game was being worked on fully until at least 2014 or early 2015. This game was coming in hot and I guess pre-orders were strong so EA released it anyway.