clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Mass Effect remastered trilogy coming in 2021

All three mainline Mass Effect games in a single package

Artwork for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition Image: BioWare/Electronic Arts
Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

A remastered version of the Mass Effect trilogy is coming to console and PC in 2021, Electronic Arts and BioWare confirmed Saturday.

Titled Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, the bundle will include all three mainline Mass Effect games — Mass Effect (2007), Mass Effect 2 (2010), and Mass Effect 3 (2012). The collection does not include Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017). In addition to the single-player and DLC for those three games, Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include all promo weapons, armors, and packs, “all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD,” BioWare said on its website.

“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,” said Casey Hudson, studio GM of BioWare. “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 framerates, 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.”

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be available spring 2021 for PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One, with “forward compatibility and targeted enhancements” on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5.

BioWare also confirmed Saturday that a new Mass Effect is in development, and revealed early artwork for the game.

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition follows two other recent remastering efforts from Electronic Arts: Burnout Remastered, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, and Command & Conquer Remastered. EA has signaled a remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy as far back as 2016.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon