While most of the recent news is on the Mass Effect Remaster, now officially known as the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Bioware did let us know of a Mass Effect 5 project. It might be slightly too early to confirm a true Mass Effect 5 release date, as the company has said so itself, so let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here.
Bioware, as well as Mass Effect hero Casey Hudson, has provided with some information, though. Maybe nothing groundbreaking, but enough for the fanbase to realize the franchise is no longer on ice. Moreover, that the series is going to move forward after the Mass Effect Remaster (hopefully) earns Bioware some much needed goodwill from fans — especially after the Andromeda debacle.
Casey Hudson, via the official website, released the following statement on Mass Effect 5.
Meanwhile 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.
We should note, before moving forward, we’re not actually sure the next game in the series is actually going to be called Mass Effect 5. After all, Mass Effect 4 was not actually that, but Mass Effect Andromeda. In theory, the fifth entry in the series, especially if it directly connects to the original trilogy, might be considered the fourth installment.
There’s even weirder scenarios that could possibly happen. Complete conjecture here, but there’s the possibility Bioware decides Andromeda is no longer canon, making Mass Effect 5 just Mass Effect 4; basically pretending as if Andromeda never happened.
Mass Effect 5 Release Date
So, ugh, here’s the deal. We have no idea when this is going to happen, especially since it’s so early in development and Bioware’s hands are full with other projects (trying to save Anthem, the next Dragon Age, etc.).
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Release Date
This one is also a bit tricky, as rumors initially pegged the Mass Effect Legendary Edition to happen some time in October, but obviously that never happened. Instead, on N7 Day, Bioware simply said to expect the game to be released in the Spring of 2021.
They did, however, at least release a nifty tweet some are packaging as an official trailer for the game; though that seems a bit reaching.
Your choices. Your squad. Your Shepard. Relive the legend in a remastered edition of the highly acclaimed trilogy. Mass Effect Legendary Edition arrives Spring 2021.https://t.co/jLUj8FUGaI pic.twitter.com/vxTKyq4LQ1
— BioWare (@bioware) November 7, 2020
Anyway, whether it is the Mass Effect 5 release date and game itself, or the Mass Effect Legendary Edition release date and game itself, we have very little information on either product.
Here’s to hoping the remaster is slightly more than a facelift (make the ending of three true canon!), and that Mass Effect 5 does enough to save such a wonderful universe. Until then, we’ll continue to update everyone as more information is provided.