Portuguese retailer GamingReplay seems to have jumped the gun a little early and posted pre-orders for the Mass Effect Trilogy on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. It is rumoured the game will be officially revealed tonight as part of the PlayStation stream but as there’s no PS5 but there is a Switch version, it might be showcased in Nintendo’s event tomorrow.
In July we found out that “Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition” will be hitting store shelves next year on March 23rd and, like previous Mass Effect art books and graphic novels, will be published by Dark Horse Comics. It seems very odd that a book based on game that hasn’t been on the shelves since 2017 is being published in 2021, that is unless there’s a new/old game on the way.
Then, in August GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grub who claims the remastered games may be out this October. “Up until like this last week, I know the plan for sure was to announce it in early October, release in later in October. So good news,” he said on the Gamesbeat podcast. However, he then tempered expectations by adding “Maybe bad news, it’s 2020, maybe that could start to slip, it sounds like maybe that’s a possibility, nothing for sure yet. I know it’s real. I’ve seen more than enough evidence to know it’s real, but it’s still 2020 and they haven’t announced it yet.”
EA have never officially announced the remastered trilogy but there have been many reports of the games existing. The last game in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda, was a commercial flop and DLC that was planned for the game was scrapped. That said, the game got decent reviews including an 8/10 from ourselves.
I found it hard to be excited during the opening hours of Mass Effect: Andromeda. It feels too safe, too much like what’s gone before, but then it clicks. There’s a moment where the galaxy opens up and you find yourself embarking once more on a huge mission across compelling, beautifully constructed planets, surrounded by memorable characters. Sadly the glut of technical missteps serve to cheapen proceedings, but this is still an adventure you don’t want to miss out on.
UPDATE: The pages listing the games have now vanished. What a suprise!