UDPATE: It has been official confirmed.
It’s tough keeping a big secret (and we really struggled to keep this one a surprise) but now it’s official: today we announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition! We’ve heard (for years!) your requests for a Mass Effect remaster, so we’re super happy to finally reveal that we’ve been working on a remastered edition of the Mass Effect trilogy.
For many months now, our team at BioWare has been hard at work updating the textures, shaders, models, effects and technical features of three enormous games. Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games, but to modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form. It’s been amazing to see the adventures of Commander Shepard take on new life in super-sharp resolution, faster framerates, and beautiful visual enhancements. As game developers, we always hope that our games will transcend their original platforms. Having the opportunity to remaster the trilogy means that the fruits of a decade of our work will live on, and will be experienced better and clearer than ever before.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, plus promo weapons, armors, and packs – all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD. It will be available in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. More information to come in the new year!
Meanwhile here at BioWare, a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe. We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing our vision for where we’ll be going next.
For me personally, Mass Effect represents years of work and countless special memories, so every year I feel incredibly fortunate to celebrate N7 Day with players around the world. Thank you so much for supporting us over the years. I can’t wait to continue our adventure together – revisiting our favorite memories in the Mass Effect universe, and creating brand new ones!
Original story below…
Gamespot have pressed a button a few minutes to early and have leaked the Mass Effect Trilogy remasters, which is to be called the Mass Effect: Legendary, for console on PC. These will not be full remakes but rather remasters with all the DLC included. We are promised better frame rates, improved resolutions and textures, and better shaders.
They have also confirmed they are working on the “next chapter of the Mass Effect universe” that is being developed by a “veteran team”.
The Mass Effect Trilogy remasters have leaked many times of the past year. Czech retailer HerniSvet was the latest store to list the Mass Effect Trilogy remasters. Once again the game is listed for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch, with a release date in October, the same as the previous leaks, however that does not appear to be teh case anymore.
A user on Reddit translated the text and it seems to indicate that multiplayer will be included which is something new, but Bioware have not officially confirmed that either. T
Previously Portuguese retailer GamingReplay also listed the game, although they had different box art.
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.