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.
GONNA GET THAT HELMET pic.twitter.com/MktvHK6mhN
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) April 22, 2021
you said that two days ago 🥺 pic.twitter.com/0o5eGEv0Mn
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) April 24, 2021
— Kenneth Shepard (@shepardcdr) April 26, 2021
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.
ah yes, 'Your Mass Effect Legendary cache is arriving Monday'. We have dismissed that claim pic.twitter.com/U1Q34kVWZ3
— James Whitbrook (@Jwhitbrook) April 26, 2021
@BioWareGear for the legendary cache I got notified the shipping label was created and delivery was expected for the 22nd but it hasn't even shipped yet. Are there any estimates on these? Thanks!
— Willam Kelly (@kelly_willam) April 25, 2021
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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.