A remastered edition of the Mass Effect games may be on its way according to Game Informer.
Countless game publishers are released remastered editions of their games. Among the more notable releases is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, although it is currently slated to release as a bonus for the deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. EA was one of the largest major publishers of games that didn't release remastered versions of their previous games.
Game Informer interviewed EA's Patrick Söderlund last year and all indications were that EA was focusing on making newer titles as opposed to remastering past games. However, a newer interview done at Gamescom indicates that EA's position may have reversed in the intervening time. Here is the snippet of the new interview that was cited:
Game Informer: One of the things I asked you last year when we sat down at E3 was about Mass Effect. At the time, there were two publishers that hadn't really dipped into the remaster world: you and Activision. Activision has since released a number of remasters or ports, and now they are working on a full-on remaster for MW. Revisiting this as the last man standing on remasters, has anything changed? Like a Mass Effect trilogy remaster?
Soderlund: What's changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can't announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.
Mr. Söderlund hasn't explicitly confirmed that a remaster of the Mass Effect games is coming. However, his statements seem to indicate that they are more open to the idea of remastering past titles. Additionally, he stated that it was important to consider the timing of releasing a remastered edition as well as the amount of effort put into it.
In the meantime, fans of the series have Mass Effect: Andromeda to look forward to. The title's absence from Gamescom was explained by Mr. Söderlund as EA focusing on titles expected to release at the end of this year. The release date for Mass Effect: Andromeda has bounced around a bit, but the title is expected to come out at some point in early 2017.
I've never touched the Mass Effect games - I just never got around to picking them up. However, a remastered edition of all three games with similar graphics and updates to some of the wonkier gameplay elements in the early titles would probably be a much more enticing purchase. It'd certainly give me a reason to boot up Origin again.
Do you think Mass Effect warrants a remastered edition? What would you like to see in a remastered edition of the Mass Effect games? Would you prefer that they are released one at a time, or would you rather see all three released at once? Let us know in the comments below!