The Long Rumored Mass Effect Remastered Trilogy Releases Next Spring

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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dylanoconorkinja
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Always happy to get remastered versions of games I love (though how happy might depend on the price point, as I still own all the originals). Won’t lie, though: I was hoping for more of a ‘remake’, at least as far as the first game is concerned, as I would have loved for BioWare to tweak its actual gameplay to be more in line with the later two. I still love that first game, but the last couple of times I’ve replayed it - especially when going immediately to two and three - the actual gameplay mechanics like combat and inventory are... yeah. ‘Haven’t aged well’, let’s say.