Well it looks like we won’t need any more video games in 2021 after March. A couple retailers seem to have put the official Mass Effect: Legendary Edition release date on their store listings, with each saying the remastered collection of Bioware’s science fiction RPGs will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on March 12, 2021.
Among these are Singapore retailer Shopittree and Indonesian store GSSSHOP, which independently list the compilation for March 12. On top of this, Eurogamer’s own sources have described this date as “accurate,” and it would line up with the originally stated “spring 2021” release window. Mass Effect as a series tends to launch around this time of year, with both Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda launching in March of 2012 and 2017 respectively. So between Eurogamer’s sources, and multiple stores listing a date that doesn’t sound like a placeholder, I’m inclined to believe it.
Hopefully this means an official unveiling is coming soon, as a release date confirmation would likely accompany actual footage of the remasters in motion. When Bioware confirmed Mass Effect: Legendary Edition was in development last November, it was with a cinematic trailer featuring several fan favorite characters like Liara T’Soni and Garrus Vakarian. However, it didn’t include any video of what the games will look like when they’re updated for modern consoles. The studio was upfront that this would be a remaster and not a remake from the ground up, but given that those games are a decade old, I can’t imagine we won’t see a pretty hefty visual update.
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Whatever the case is for when the Legendary Edition will launch, you can expect us here at Fanbyte to be writing and podcasting up a storm about it, as we’re all brain poisoned enough to wade back into the discourse again.
After a few years away following the less than stellar launch of Mass Effect: Andromeda, the series is back in the news cycle with these remasters, as well as confirmation that a new game in the series is in early development over at Bioware. While it was originally only confirmed with some vague concept art, the studio released a teaser trailer for the future of the series at the 2020 Video Game Awards that showed Liara T’Soni would be involved in some form. While the teaser implied a lot at a glance, going over it with a fine-toothed comb and also reading Bioware’s own statements about it reveals that there’s actually very little of substance to glean from it right now. But it will apparently involve both the Milky Way and the Andromeda Galaxy, but we’re not clear on in what way just yet. Hopefully we’ll get some satisfactory conclusions to Mass Effect: Andromeda’s storyline along the way without establishing a bullshit canon ending the trilogy.