Mass Effect, Bioware's epic sci-fi RPG franchise, could be returning in the coming months as part of a remastered version of the game's initial trilogy.
While Mass Effect: Andromeda was poorly received by fans and critics alike, many will have fond memories of Commander Shepherd's adventures that originally debuted on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Here's everything we know about Mass Effect's Remaster.
Ratings Board Leak - 15th September
The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea (that's South Korea) has rated the game, as well as confirmed the moniker "Legendary Edition".
While the listing has been removed, you can find a screenshot at Gematsu.
Delayed To 2021? - 26th September
They also mention the following:
- All single-player DLC will be included
- No ME3 multiplayer
Mass Effect Trilogy Could Be Called Legendary Edition, May Not Come To Switch - 23rd September
That's according to Venturebeat's Jeff Grubb. Get the full story here.
Mass Effect Trilogy Listings Go Live On Portuguese Retailer Website - 16th September
The Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered has appeared on a Portugese retailer website according to @Nibellion.
While we were unable to gain access to the link, he has provided a screenshot.
Photo via @Nibellion
Interestingly enough, it lists the Nintendo Switch, which we were led to believe was not included as one of the platforms.
What is the Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster?
Mass Effect and its two sequels are RPGs from Bioware, and are widely regarded as some of the best games of the PS3 and Xbox 360 generation.
With a mix of action-focused combat, deep choice-based narrative and an eclectic cast of characters, the series is arguably the developer's most popular series.
After the disappointing Mass Effect: Andromeda in 2017, the franchise was allegedly put on ice, but EA's financial report for FY2020 revealed an unannounced project known as "HD game".
Jeff Grubb from GamesBeat has since confirmed that the title is, in fact, an HD remaster of the original trilogy.
We know that the title is expected to release between now and March 2021.
With November 7 often referred to as "Mass Effect Day", we have to wonder if EA will aim for somewhere around that date, or at least an announcement.
The release of an art book based on the trilogy is confirmed to be launching on March 23, 2021, so the game could also launch then!
According to Jeff Grubb, the game is not being considered for Nintendo Switch – at least not at present. That's a shame, as we'd love to take the Normandy and its crew on the go (when we can go out, that is).
As far as other platforms go, we'd expect the game to launch on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but we can only speculate as to whether it'll come to next-gen platforms (although backwards compatibility might make that the new standard).
It's worth noting that the Xbox 360 versions of the trilogy, as well as all of the included DLC, can be played via Xbox backwards compatibility.
We can't wait to see Commander Shepherd and crew looking all shiny, but for the time being we've got the epic trailer for Mass Effect 3 below.
Announcement Coming In October?
"Up until, like, this last week, I know the plan for sure was to announce it in early October, release in later in October. So good news,"