The majority of us were celebrating the results of the Presidential election on November 7. But we didn’t forget that it was also N7 day for Mass Effect fans around the world (see our Twitter and Facebook accounts today for our coverage of the games). The N7 Special Ops were a major part of the original Mass Effect trilogy. It also is the designation that the famous Commander Shepard holds. To celebrate N7 Day, BioWare announced a long-awaited remastering of the original Mass Effect games. The Mass Effect Legendary Edition promises to ‘modernize’ the experience of replaying the first three Mass Effect games. Let’s take a look at what else is in store for this Mass Effect remaster and celebrate N7 Day (belatedly).
Mass Effect Will Be Back And Look Better Than Ever
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The first Mass Effect game came out all the way back in 2007. It is considered a modern day classic in video games. The sequel Mass Effect 2 is still a fan favorite and won many Game of the Year awards when it came out in 2010. Although fans were divided over the ending for Mass Effect 3, the original trilogy is still lauded as some of the best games ever made.
Fans are still replaying the original Mass Effect trilogy over a decade after it was first released. However there have been drastic advancements in technology since the games were originally hit consoles. The graphics don’t quite hold up as well as they could, and fans have turned to PC mods to do that themselves. To that end, the game developers at BioWare dedicated themselves to upgrading the graphics and frame rates for the trilogy. Soon we will be able to see the Mass Effect trilogy in 4k ultra high definition and relive the adventure all over again.
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In the announcement from BioWare, developer Casey Hudson promised the following for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
“For many months now, our team at BioWare has been hard at work updating the textures; shaders, models, effects, and technical features of three enormous games. Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games. But to modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form. It’s been amazing to see the adventures of Commander Shepard take on new life in super-sharp resolution, faster frame rates, and beautiful visual enhancements. As game developers, we always hope that our games will transcend their original platforms. Having the opportunity to remaster the trilogy means that the fruits of a decade of our work will live on, and will be experienced better and clearer than ever before.”
A New Mass Effect Game Is Also On The Way
Also in the blog post from BioWare was a surprise tease about the future of Mass Effect. Hudson says “Here at BioWare, a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe. We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet. But we’re looking forward to sharing our vision for where we’ll be going next.”
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The last Mass Effect game was 2017’s Mass Effect: Andromeda that tried to launch a new era for the franchise. Andromeda reimagined the Mass Effect universe by traveling to a new galaxy. New aliens and main characters, along with a wide variety of planets gave the game a fresh look and feel. Andromeda faced a lot of criticism from fans of the series for clunky dialogue and graphics. Others felt that Andromeda strayed too far from what made the original trilogy so captivating. However, I personally really enjoyed Mass Effect: Andromeda. And I thought that it opened up a lot of exciting possibilities for the future of the games.
There is little information on what a new Mass Effect game will bring. Will it be a continuation of the story and worlds from Andromeda? Will it return to the galaxy of the original trilogy and bring back fan favorite aliens like the Asari, the Quarians, and the Salarians? Or will it veer in a different direction entirely and start a new chapter in the Mass Effect universe? We will have to wait for more information to find out, but keep an eye out for an upcoming article speculating on where the new Mass Effect game will take us.
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be out in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. BioWare also promises compatibility and enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.