N7 Day marks an unofficial holiday held dear to many gamers who call themselves Mass Effect fans. This year has been like no other. A long-awaited announcement, alongside one many would consider not-so-expected, and a touching reunion rounded out a day that has been yearned for by the fanbase for years and years.
This morning at 8:00 am Eastern, BioWare finally confirmed the long-awaited Mass Effect Legendary Edition, coming Spring 2021.
While there was no release date, fans old and new are marking their calendars in anticipation. BioWare’s blog post covering the announcement boasts that they are modernizing the games to meet the demands of modern consoles, both in the current generation, and the rapidly approaching next generation. The remaster will have faster framerates, visual enhancements, and super-sharp resolution and will come with single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, in addition to promo weapons, armors, and packs. The remaster will launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, with forward compatibility planned for Xbox Series X|S and PS5.
BioWare’s blog post went on to lift spirits, even more, ensuring fans that a new game is in the works, with a veteran team at the helm of its development. No other information was provided at this time, aside from this artwork seemingly providing hints to the next title in the series. The vehicle below is called a mudskipper as noted in the URL, and was featured in this tweet by Project Director Michael Gamble, is the only bit of information given thus far.
A Heartwarming Reunion
A panel of writers, directors, and castmates was brought together by the one and only Jen Hale, known for her work as Commander Shepard in the Mass Effect Trilogy. In attendance were voices familiar to the fans of the series, and what a joyous reunion it was. Castmates and crew shared anecdotes about the creation of the games and what Mass Effect means to them. Voice acting was put on display as the actors performed some of the fanbase’s favorite lines. It was a fun two hours, and really made the announcement of the remaster feel more real and more needed than ever.
The Future of Mass Effect
For fans of the series, there is much to be excited for. While Andromeda did not see as much love today, it would seem that there may be hope for the continuation of that story with the announcement that a new game is in the works. Only time will tell if the next installment will feature the Ryder Twins and their own heroic story.
For now, the fanbase feels a sense of renewal with the announcement of the remaster and the feeling that the cast is excited about the legacy of Mass Effect living on in the world of gaming. Mass Effect was a landmark storytelling experience, allowing players to be whoever they wanted, however, they wanted, and now this gift will continue to live on in a new generation of gaming and gamers.
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