Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster Announced for Spring 2021

BioWare announced this past November 7th (N7 day) that the Mass Effect trilogy will be getting a complete remaster, for Spring 2021. The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will release on PC, PS4, Xbox One as well as the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Additionally BioWare mentioned briefly that a new Mass Effect game is in development.

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A Visual and Technical Overhaul

Casey Hudson, director of the original trilogy, made many statements about what the trilogy remaster will contain on the Mass Effect blog. Explaining that the game will be remastered for “4K Ultra HD”. However, the remaster is not just a visual overhaul as Hudson states:

“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 form”

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Hudson’s remarks on allowing their decades of work to live on can be applied to the first Mass Effect more than the other titles. As the game shows some serious age now, released way back in 2007. Modernising the game hints to not only enhancing the visuals but also bug fixes and gameplay improvements. Allowing for the games to be more accessible and thus keep the trilogy alive. Furthermore Hudson emphasises that the remaster is not a reimagining of the series or a remake, meaning that we can expect to see no changes to the narrative or the original vision.

Hudson goes on to state that the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will include all single player DLCs from all the games in the trilogy. As well as promo weapons, armours and packs. Allowing players access to items in-game that were once limited by marketing and the different editions of the game. However, it should be noted that Hudson makes no comment on the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer. Fans would be very disappointed if the multiplayer is not included with the remaster (which looks to be the case for now unfortunately). As a result of the multiplayer being tied to the single player. As players performance in the multiplayer factors into the outcome of the narrative of the particular game.

A Next-Gen Mass Effect Game In Early Development

Along with announcing the trilogy remake, BioWare additionally announced that a new Mass Effect game is in development as Hudson states:

“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…”

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Its no secret that BioWare fell out of gamers’ good books. As BioWare lost their prestigious status after releasing Mass Effect: Andromeda and then …ahem… Anthem. A proper remaster of a loved series like the Mass Effect Trilogy might help restore some faith back in the company. Furthermore, Hudson’s careful wording of stating that a veteran team are working on the project is worth contemplating. Jason Schreier reported that “rather than developing Mass Effect 4 at the studio’s main headquarters” Casey Hudson would start a new specific team. Suggesting that BioWare are returning to an older method of development for the game. Pre-Order the Mass Effect Legendary Edition here. Get Mass Effect Andromeda at an incredible price of only $7 here or through Amazon here. Also check out this great price for the original Mass Effect Trilogy at 60% off here of if you prefer Amazon then here.

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