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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition brings a remaster of the classic trilogy in Spring 2021

Mass Effect Legendary Edition
Mass Effect Legendary Edition (Image credit: Electronic Arts)

What you need to know

  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is a remastered package of the first three Mass Effect games.
  • It includes all DLC, with improved textures, resolution and framerates.
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is set to release for consoles and PC at some point in 2021.

For months, the internet has been ablaze with the rumors of the Mass Effect trilogy being remastered for modern consoles and PC. The existence of this remaster collection was first leaked months ago thanks to Jeff Grubb at VentureBeat. Now, Electronic Arts and Bioware have officially announced Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition includes all three games and while it isn't a complete remake, the games now feature better textures and shaders alongside higher resolution and framerates. All the DLC packs are also included, even promo items, so you can experience every bit of side content the galaxy has to offer. The timing of the announcement is perfect as the Mass Effect community is celebrating N7 Day.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is set to release for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC, PS4 and PS5 in Spring 2021. BioWare also confirmed it is developing a new Mass Effect game.

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8 Comments
  • Would have bought this in a heartbeat if there was a switch version.
  • I'll wait a couple of years for it to come to EA access.
  • I'll be happy if they give all the characters actual armor in Mass Effect 2. It always bothered me how ME2 just abandoned the realism in outfit design from ME1.
  • This might actually get me to finish the Series.
  • Ditto.
    I got about 90% or so on ME3 and since I don't do multiplayer online I saw no path to the better endings.
    I moved on regretfully.
    For all the gripes over the Mako and combat in ME1 it was my favorite by far: pure RPG, not a Gears Wannabe. I actually liked the inventory management. Best of the three in story, ending, and RPG mechanics.
    So my hope is better graphics on all three, no multiplayer, ME1 armor and guns in all three, a mix of ME1 and ME 2 exploration. And 6 or 7 endings that are trully meaningful for ME3. My preferred endings would all have trashed the reapers and sent them limping back to dark space.
    Or Andromeda. They deserve each other.
    Slightly different galaxy end states but no murkiness needing explanation.
    That would leave the door open for ME4 with FemShep.
  • I like a switch version of https://aduk.de/ platforms.
  • This would explain why EA never allowed the two Mass Effect sequels to enter into the Xbox backward compatibility program. The Series X/S would provide most of these upgrades for free. Why let people get something for free for a game that they already own when they can sell it to them for full retail?
  • The original Mass Effect trilogy is backwards compatible.