Teased to us for over a week now have been EA’s plans to reveal something ‘big’ regarding the Mass Effect franchise, all centred around N7 day, a Mass Effect focused celebration originating from as far back as 2012 routinely taking place November 7th (a nod to Commander Shepard’s in-game N7 rank) each year since. That day was today, and that news was the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, a remastering of all three original games will arrive in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
The rumours flying around the internet were indeed true after all. The Mass Effect trilogy looks set to return having been revamped for a new generation of technology to make the most of. Improvements to frame rate and resolution are to be expected, though BioWare seems to have been hard at work updating shaders, effects, models and technical features of the games also. I can’t say I’m not excited about reliving the Mass Effect saga without noticing the jumps in graphical improvements between each instalment. From the looks of the trailer alone, graphically alone, it looks amazing.
Fans of the franchise have been left on the shelf and seemingly forgotten about after Mass Effect: Andromeda’s lacklustre performance on release, which was filled with bugs, poorly worked animations and a plot and setting so far removed from the original trilogy it could almost have been labelled an asset flip. Although the game featured, generally speaking, some fantastic and satisfying gameplay and a story that grew on you the further into the game you got, the initial negative reception had EA drop the game faster than a wet turd and saw the title stagnate without even a single piece of DLC content released.
“Although the game featured, generally speaking, fantastic and satisfying gameplay and a story that grew on you the further into the game you got, the initial negative reception saw EA drop the game faster than a wet turd..”
So now with the news of a remaster of the original trilogy we see BioWare returning to their strengths, able to add a lot of polish and possibly new tech to the older games in a way that will hopefully bring new life and new players to the franchise. And who knows, maybe working on the original trilogy will be the thing that puts BioWare back on track, reminding them what it was that made those games so special. Maybe after reconnecting with Shepard and co. BioWare will be more open to the idea of a Shepard-led sequel. It would, after all, mean that with all three titles available on next-gen platforms also, save transfer of previous decisions would be available to them as to tailor a new games’ experience to previous choices.
In a dream-like scenario, maybe BioWare takes the indoctrination theory red-pill and incorporate that into the third game, retconning the title’s poorly received ending, and opening up the galaxy once again to allow a more satisfying conclusion that leaves the milky-way open to hosting new stories within the franchise. However, VP and studio GM of BioWare Casey Hudson is quick to point out the unlikeliness of this;
“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.”
With that in mind we should expect an entirely faithful retelling of the original games, just polished to a fine sheen and available for the next generation to come.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Q1 2021)
RPG / Action
Publisher: EA Games
As Commander Shepard, rise to become the galaxy’s most elite soldier and lead an all-out war to stop an ancient and ruthless enemy: the Reapers.