CNET have spoken to the Project Director for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Mac Walters, and he has teased that the multiplayer component for Mass Effect 3, which is not part of the Legendary Edition, could still make a return.
“I would never say no to that,” said Walters, “We want to see what kind of reception the Legendary Edition gets and what the demand for the multiplayer is. And then we’ll ask ourselves if we have the resources and time to bring it up to the quality level we and fans want.”
He also discussed the controversial ending to the third game which a number of vocal players disliked. “The ending’s extended cut was part of the DLC, so that’s part of your new baked-in experience with the Legendary Edition,” he commented.
“But I guess people have to make up their own minds about it — we haven’t changed any of the story. It’s also been a little bit of time, so people play through it as a whole and then reassess. If they still have the same feelings about it then, that’s fair. I know I viewed the trilogy in a very different way now that it’s all together. I’m hoping other people will see it that way as well.”
“I think the sci-fi beats of the ending might hit people in a different way now than they might have nine years ago,” adds environment director Kevin Meek. “Playing it as a whole trilogy and treating it as one giant arc, rather than three arcs, goes a long way to potentially changing people’s experiences.”
The remastered Mass Effect trilogy was released on May 14th 2021 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will also be available on new consoles (PS5 and Xbox Series X|S) with some bonus enhancements.