BioWare has finally announced remasters of the original Mass Effect trilogy, as well as confirming they’ve started work on Mass Effect 4.
The worst kept secret in gaming is no longer a secret, as BioWare and EA announce the long-anticipated remaster of all three original Mass Effect games.
The delay in the announcement was no doubt thanks to the coronavirus, and uncertainty of when the remasters would be finished, but BioWare is claiming the Legendary Edition will be out spring 2021.
The announcement was made as part of N7 Day – Mass Effect’s traditional day of celebration – for which most of the original voice cast were reassembled for an online fan event, with BioWare revealing in a blog that they’ve been working on the remasters for ‘many months now’.
These are remasters, not full remakes, but BioWare are promising updated, ‘textures, shaders, models, effects, and technical features’.
Also promised are ‘super-sharp resolution, faster frame rates, and beautiful visual enhancements’ optimised for 4K Ultra HD. There’s no footage though, and as you can see the trailer is labelled as ‘not actual gameplay’.
‘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’, writes original director Casey Hudson, who recently rejoined BioWare as general manager.
Rumours have suggested that another reason for the delay was difficulty in modernising the first entry, which was less of an action game and more of a role-player than the other two.
The Legendary Edition will include all the original single-player content and DLC for all three games, including rare promotional weapons, armour, and other extras. Which seems to mean that the multiplayer modes from Mass Effect 2 and 3 won’t be included.
The remaster collection will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC with ‘forward compatibility and targeted enhancements’ on Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5.
That’s not all though, Hudson also confirmed that a ‘veteran team’ (i.e. not the scrubs that made Mass Effect: Andromeda) is already working on ‘the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe’.
The artwork above is not labelled on the blog but it’s filename refers to the ship as a ‘mud skipper’, which is not something from the original trilogy – so this could well be our first ever look at Mass Effect 4.
The new game is described as being in the early stages of development but there seems a good chance that it will use saved data from the original trilogy, now that they’re available on modern formats again.
That means BioWare is currently working on both the remasters, Mass Effect 4, a new Dragon Age, and continuing support for Anthem and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
That doesn’t seem to leave much excess capacity for the long hoped for new Knights Of The Old Republic game, which seems a complete no-brainer since EA own both BioWare and the Star Wars licence. But if it does happen it’s looking like it’ll be an even longer wait than expected.
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