We knew about both projects for a while, but now, Electronic Arts and BioWare finally confirmed them.
We already heard about Mass Effect Legendary Edition, so it’s not that surprising to see the remastered trilogy getting announced on N7 Day, November 7. According to Electronic Arts, the package is in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, including remastered versions of Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3.
All three of them receive updated textures, shaders, models, effects, and technical features, all in a modernized experience, as well as „super-sharp resolution,” increased frame rates, plus some visual enhancements. The trilogy will contain all single-player content and DLC, plus promotional weapons, armour, and packs – these will all be „remastered and optimized for 4K ultra-high-definition.” The release window is the Spring of 2021, and more details will be announced next year. It sounds far too generic, and it doesn’t seem that detailed. If they don’t say a word about multiplayer, then we can likely forget about it. Until then, here’s the website, and yes, the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series will get improvements over the current-gen consoles.
BioWare also announced that they are working on the next Mass Effect title. Let’s see what Casey Hudson, the general manager of BioWare, had to say: „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.” No further details were announced by Electronic Arts either.
So they said nothing new, but at least we no longer have to guess. The Spring release is possibly a March launch for Mass Effect Legendary Edition so Electronic Arts can fit it into its current fiscal year. However, since BioWare abandoned both Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem (which is now getting a „version 2”), we have our doubts.
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