Mass Effect: Legendary Edition release date revealed – all you need to know
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is the best gift for any Mass Effect fan.
MASS EFFECT: LEGENDARY EDITION RELEASE DATE REVEALED
Calibrations complete. Relive the legend of Commander Shepard, remastered in 4K Ultra HD. Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches May 14.
— BioWare (@bioware) February 2, 2021
In a surprise trailer coupled with an official announcement, Bioware gave us fans everything we’ve ever wanted. We’ll finally be able to relive the adventures of Commander Shepard and his crew. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be bringing us back to the 22nd-century space opera on May 14, 2021. Bioware plans to release the remake on Windows, Xbox One, and the PlayStation 4. They have no plans yet on next-gen consoles. However, just like with other titles, we will likely be able to play Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on PS5 and Xbox Series X.
We know you’re excited to know as much information as you can about the remake. To be honest, we can claim that Bioware looked at our wishlist and made sure to address all of them, and even more. Buckle up and ready your space jammies for the Normandy. Here’s everything we know so far about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.
AWESOME REVEAL TRAILER
First off, watch this amazing trailer if you haven’t yet. The trailer, just like the remaster, is in full 4K-UHD. It showcases pivotal moments in the original trilogy that will surely pull some heartstrings. If this doesn’t convince you that you need this remaster, then you might have to re-assess your love of the series.
Done watching? Then let’s move on.
MASS EFFECT: LEGENDARY EDITION BRINGS VISUAL REMASTERS TO THE WHOLE TRILOGY
Mass Effect LE details
– includes all games with over 40 DLCs
– 4K HDR, overhauled visuals and enhanced performance
– new models, shaders, FX, lighting and DOF
– improved customization
– ME3 Femshep now available in all games
– weapon rebalanced + better Mako controls pic.twitter.com/ZtPEUqTuyB
— Nibel (@Nibellion) February 2, 2021
This enormous remaster of all three games will revive the series from its long slumber. The best part is that it doesn’t include the failed Mass Effect: Andromeda. With this exciting release, players can return to a journey many of us have finished over a decade ago. With the disastrous Andromeda behind us, we can relive the good memories we’ve had in glorious 4K Ultra HD.
Just like what we can expect from any remaster, Bioware made new models and higher resolution graphics for this compilation. Apart from 4K Ultra HD, the game will also support 21:9 widescreen monitors. For PC users, you will be able to run the game using DirectX 11.
Apart from graphical updates, they also made the game better looking, with a unified theme across all three games. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition features better-looking heads-up displays, which are also made uniform across the whole trilogy. To make locations more lively, Bioware also made cities more fleshed out, and made indoor environments more interesting.
Check out how the new graphics look like besides the old ones and judge the improvement yourself here. It’ll blow you away.
UPDATED GAMEPLAY MECHANICS, MORE MODERN TAKE ON MASS EFFECT 1
Most game developers just improve the graphics and call it a remake. Not Bioware. They pulled all stops to make sure that fans’ experience of their favorite trilogy will be hampered by ancient gameplay annoyances. They didn’t even just focus on small things like now being able to skip elevator scenes, either. Instead, they made sure Mass Effect 1 will hold up now to modern standards.
For example, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition unifies the three games in terms of gameplay features. This means features and mechanics introduced in Mass Effect 2 & 3 like cover systems, smoother aiming, improved movement controls, a dedicated melee button, among other things, will also now be in Mass Effect 1.
Furthermore, some quality-of-life improvements were added that open up new gameplay possibilities. Class-based restrictions on weapons have finally been removed, allowing you to equip whatever you want.
Outside of the games, there are also some improvements. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition features all three in just one launcher, making it easy to find your previous games.
But probably the most important change is the improved Mako controls. We hope you agree.
BETTER PROGRESSION FROM MASS EFFECT 1 TO 3
Back then, we had to wait a few years to play the next game of Mass Effect. This allowed us breathing space, which makes the transition from one game to another a breeze. However, getting to play the games right after the other can introduce some shock when it comes to quality changes. To address this, Bioware made sure that progression throughout the series will be smooth as silk.
Perhaps one of the best ways to ensure this is by allowing players to bring their Shepard from one game to another. To accommodate this, Bioware made a universal character creator that offers the same options across all three games. They’ve also made the most comprehensive character creation suite they’ve ever made so far, allowing more customization options for players.
Another way is to include all DLCs, and Bioware will include over 40 DLCs across the whole trilogy in Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Bioware also made sure that players will be focused on their progression by removing the multiplayer aspect of Mass Effect 3. This gives players an uninhibited path to the end. And speaking of the end, the extended cut ending has now replaced the original Mass Effect 3 ending. Thank goodness.
LEGENDARY CACHE IN LIMITED OFFER
Introducing the @MassEffect Legendary Cache, a collector’s bundle of premium gear—including a wearable light-up helmet & a piece of art you won’t find elsewhere.
— Bioware Gear Store (@BiowareGear) February 2, 2021
Finally, super fans of the Mass Effect trilogy can now pre-order the Legendary Cache. It includes great goodies for collectors, including a 1:1 replica of Shepard’s combat helmet. Make sure that your cosplay is on-point with that one!
However, do note that the Legendary Cache doesn’t include the game itself. It does have a steelbook to house the game when you finally buy it, though.