Today, as part of N7 Day, BioWare officially announced Mass Effect Legendary Edition, which collects the original three Mass Effect games into one remastered collection, featuring improved visuals, textures, and all previously released single-player DLC and content. It comes out next year on PC and consoles.
BioWare isn’t calling the Legendary Edtion a full remake, but instead is aiming to greatly improve and clean-up the original games so both new and returning players can experience the classic RPG trilogy in its “best possible form.” The improvements include new shaders, improved character models and textures, higher resolutions, and improved framerates. One thing missing is Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode, which won’t be included in the Legendary Edition.
It’s coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC. BioWare says the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions will include “targeted enhancements,” so expect even better space visuals on the next-gen machines.
BioWare additionally teased the future of the Mass Effect franchise in the post announcing the remastered trilogy. Bioware didn’t have many details to share, but a new Mass Effect game is in development. Here’s what Casey Hudson, VP at BioWare, said about the new game.
Meanwhile here at BioWare, 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.
Originally released back in 2007, the first game in the Mass Effect trilogy was an Xbox 360 exclusive. (Remember that? It was weird.) After that, though all later Mass Effect games would be multiplatform releases, including the most recent Mass Effect Andromeda. Also, no, Andromeda is not a part of this collection.