I’m Convinced My Mass Effect Legendary Cache Has Been Sucked into a Wormhole

My order is on the way, you say? Why hasn't it moved?

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is just about two weeks away as of this writing, with the remasters of Bioware’s science fiction trilogy headed to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 14. But the chance to play these games again (or for the first time) all dolled up and pretty isn’t the only thing I’m counting down the days to. I’m also waiting for my Legendary Cache, a pseudo special edition that doesn’t actually include the game, to show up any day now.

Early last week, some influencers and media were getting the big box of Mass Effect collectibles shipped to their homes. So my assumption was that people who paid for the thing would also be getting it fairly soon. This doesn’t include the game, right? So if things like the steelbook, art prints, and wearable N7 helmet are done, there’s no harm in sending it out early? Then I thought I was getting my wish. An email from the Bioware store telling me a shipment was on the way landed in my inbox. It had a tracking number and everything. Soon, I would be able to wear my N7 helmet as my mask in public and deal with the raised eyebrows it elicited.

But that was five days ago, and my big box of Mass Effect stuff hasn’t moved since. I’ve been documenting the painful process on Twitter, and every time I open my tracking information, it tells me to “check back tomorrow for an updated delivery date.” Friends, I’ve been checking every day since and nothing.

All I know right now is that the label was created, and the box is just vibing in a warehouse somewhere. But you can only be told to check back tomorrow so many times before your mind starts to wander. Has my Legendary Cache been sucked into a wormhole and UPS is panicking as they try to come up with a plausible explanation? Did the Collectors, the bug-like villains of Mass Effect 2, find their way to Earth, knowing that a new generation of Commander Shepards are coming to throw them out the galaxy’s collective airlock, and are trying to destroy copies of the Legendary Edition to delay their inevitable destruction, blissfully unaware that the Legendary Cache doesn’t actually have the game in it? Or was it all a fluke, and I was never meant to get a shipping notification to begin with because the box has not moved an inch since?

Whatever the situation is, I’m not the only person who has been anxiously checking out shipping status to be greeted with the same “ask again tomorrow” response. But some have also had projected delivery dates that have come and gone. So it seems like all copies bought in the first wave are still awaiting shipping as of this writing.

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In other Legendary Edition news, Bioware has confirmed all three games will feature a new photo mode that will allow you to get some sick shots of all your favorite space friends across the trilogy. If you’re on the lookout for more Mass Effect coverage as we head into launch, be sure to check out Fanbyte’s RPG podcast 99 Potions, as we’re doing retrospective episodes on each game. Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2’s episodes are already live, and you can expect Mass Effect 3’s episode later this week.

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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5 Comments

  1. I mean my best buy order has always said 5/14. Guessing Bioware is just getting things ready and the dates were wrong. Nothing I’ve seen anywhere indicates it would release before the game.

    1. Maybe not officially, but as I noted there have been several people who have had actual projected delivery dates on their tracking pages that have come and gone.

      1. I don’t think you get it. The projected delivery dates for the other people is not guaranteed. It is just simply UPS getting things ready. At the time of your first complaint, it was roughly 3 weeks before the official launch of May 14th. I guarantee you that if they haven’t already, it will be shipped by May 7th or May 8th. You just sound impatient. And feel that just because the game is not included, you are entitled to receive it weeks earlier than the official May 14th launch day. And I completely understand that you are super excited. Who wouldn’t be?…

        1. People have started receiving their copies since this article was posted and the game is still two weeks away. Mine has finally shipped and is projected to arrive within the week. Again, more than a week before the actual game comes out. As I stated in the blog, this was a widespread phenomenon with inconsistences in everyone getting shipping confirmation emails, but only some people getting it early. As early as weeks before the games are out. Cheers!

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