“It’s tough keeping a big secret,” says Bioware’s Casey Hudson before announcing the Mass Effect remaster we all knew was coming. Oh, and a new game, now that is exciting.
In a blog post released on N7 day, Bioware general manager Casey Hudson confirmed the long-running rumour that Mass Effect Legendary Edition is coming in Spring 2021. The remastered collection of Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 will come to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with additional enhancements for Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
In the post, Hudson says that the Bioware team has been “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.”
Mass Effect Legendary Edition includes the single-player content for all three titles, plus all content expansions, weapons and armour. We assume the third game’s fun but forgettable multiplayer mode is not returning.
The collection is interesting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, and selfishly, Mass Effect is one of my favourite franchises, sitting somewhere between The Legend of Zelda and Peggle. I’m beyond excited to return to the universe.
Hudson also states that the collection is not a remake, so it will be fascinating to see what new players make of the first instalment. To me, the game is a classic of tone, atmosphere and story, but it does have an often wayward structure and some fiddly combat mechanics.
Finally, a 4K remaster is something to be savoured, but what about us 720p fans. Bring the collection to Nintendo Switch, you cowards.
Hudson also shares a teaser image to confirm that a brand new Mass Effect game is early in development. Don’t expect it to be Mass Effect: Andromeda 2.