BioWare has announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition. It is a remaster of Mass Effect Trilogy, or the first three parts of the sci-fi RPG. The studio emphasizes that it is not a full remake.
BioWare does not yet show gameplay footage of the Mass Effect remasters, but it does show a short teaser video. In the announcement writes the studio that we’ve been working on updating textures, shaders, models, effects and other technical features of the first three games in the series for months. That work should result in remasters of Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 and the accompanying dlc.
The updated games will be released as one bundle, called Mass Effect Legendary Edition. BioWare has not yet specified an exact release date, the bundle should be released in the spring of 2021. The remasters are coming to the PC and PlayStation and Xbox consoles. For the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, BioWare promises improvements, but the studio does not provide details yet.
BioWare emphasizes that it is not about a remake of the games, but about polished remasters, which remain true to the original games. “Our goal was not to recreate the original games, but to modernize them so that fans and new players can experience the original work in the best possible form,” said the developers.
The first Mass Effect game came out in 2007. Mass Effect 2 followed in 2010 and Mass Effect 3 was released in 2012. The three sci-fi RPGs were rated with high marks by both reviewers and players. Another sequel was released in 2017 in the form of Mass Effect: Andromeda, but both technically and in terms of gameplay, that game disappointed many.
PC gamers can also polish up existing Mass Effect games graphically with mods made by the community. There is the mod A Lot Of Textures, or Alot, for the three games. That mod contains textures in a high resolution, which improves the image quality. It is not yet known to what extent the BioWare remasters bring improvements.