Tomorrow is N7 Day, a community day dedicated to Bioware’s Mass Effect series, and there have been a handful of reports that the studio will be officially unveiling the long-rumored Mass Effect: Legendary Edition remasters that will bring the original trilogy to modern consoles. Following this, GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb, who has been on the beat of the remasters since earlier this year, posted this blurry picture of what looks like box art for the collection.
— Jeff Grubb, No. 3 games journalist (@JeffGrubb) November 6, 2020
It’s blurry, but we can pretty easily make out what looks like series favorites Liara T’Soni and Garrus Vakarian in the top left corner, and I definitely recognize Urdnot Wrex’s silhouette at the very bottom underneath the logo. It’s the bottom left where things get hazy. Based on what we can see, it looks like the cover is prioritizing characters from the first game, so that means that blob of other people might contain Tali’Zorah vas Normandy, Kaidan Alenko, and Ashley Williams. But whoever is there, it sounds like we’re finally getting a proper reveal tomorrow at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.
The big question that remains is whether or not the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition collection will come to the Nintendo Switch. A PlayStation 4 and Xbox One release seems like a given, (although a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S version would also be welcome), but there’s been conflicting reports on whether or not Nintendo’s console will get all of Commander Shepard’s journey as well. Grubb’s reports have repeatedly said that there aren’t plans for a Switch version to his knowledge, however, retailers have been listing the remastered compilation for it. However, it’s worth noting retailers can often speculate, where reports are coming from sources closer to the project. So we’ll see what happens tomorrow.
N7 Day has typically been for things like merchandise, community spotlight, and store deals, so if the remaster news is, in fact, coming tomorrow, it will be the first time that Bioware’s ever used the day to make a major announcement of this scale. Which makes sense in the grand scheme of things, because EA and Bioware are big companies beholden to shareholders and they can’t just announce things on any given day. But it will be nice to have something tangible to celebrate this year, as recent N7 Days have had an uncomfortable cloud hanging over them after the cancellation of Mass Effect: Andromeda’s DLC, and the generally unclear future of the series following the lukewarm reception to the 2017 spin-off.
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Along with whatever Bioware’s planning, the cast of the Mass Effect trilogy have announced plans to hold a panel celebrating N7 Day tomorrow, including the voices behind both male and female versions of Commander Shepard, as well as fan favorites like Kaidan Alenko, Ashley Williams, Grunt, Jack, Mordin Solus, Samantha Traynor, and Legion. Bioware writers Patrick and Karin Weekes will also be taking part.