EA Reportedly Working On A Mass Effect Trilogy HD Remaster
Rumors of a remastered Mass Effect have been circulating for months, ever since BioWare released a coy tweet hinting at some kind of revival back in January. Now, new information has been released. The original Mass Effect Trilogy is a prime candidate for the HD remaster treatment, being a popular franchise with a loyal fanbase that’s currently unavailable on today’s consoles. While Xbox One offers backwards compatibility for the series, no games from the series offer Xbox One X enhancements, making the game practically identical to its original Xbox 360 release.
During a recent earnings call, Electronic Arts confirmed that one of its studios is currently working on an HD remaster. No information about this HD remaster was officially provided, be it name or franchise, unfortunately, and fans were left to speculate. However, this HD remaster is reportedly the Mass Effect Trilogy.
VentureBeat reporter Jeff Grubb made the claim that the HD remaster that was confirmed by Electronic Arts is the Mass Effect Trilogy. In his article about EA’s financial call, Grubb nonchalantly stated that the two were one and the same. The claim had no sources cited or supporting evidence provided, which puts it firmly in the rumor territory.
Although no release platforms were mentioned in the report for the Mass Effect Trilogy remaster, the Switch would apparently be missing out on the new version, at least at launch. If a remaster were to materialize next year, there’s a good chance of the package being released for PC, current generation, as well as next-generation consoles from Microsoft and Sony, perhaps with much higher tier visuals on the newer hardware.
Of course, all of this information should be taken with a grain of salt. Nothing here is official, and everything here is subject to change. However, it does loosely line up with what I’ve heard here and there through the grapevine, and it makes sense. Mass Effect is a big franchise in need of some goodwill after Mass Effect Andromeda, and the same applies to EA, a company just now starting to recover from consecutive fumbles and PR messes.
In the past, EA said it had little interest in remastering old games, but it seems this hard stance has changed. That said, what’s more pertinent here is that there’s a good chance the trilogy is being brought back not just to generate some goodwill for the company, but because a new Mass Effect game is going to follow Dragon Age 4.
A new Mass Effect game has also reportedly started development at EA, making now the perfect time to reinvigorate the series by re-releasing the series’ best titles. This would help prepare fans for future Mass Effect games, and push people’s thought’s away from Andromeda.
EA’s Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster is expected to release on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and next-generation console platforms.
Again and of course, all of this information should be taken with a big grain of salt. Nothing here is official.