Although many Mass Effect fans are excited to play Mass Effect: Andromeda when it comes to PS4 and Xbox One next year, plenty of fans still hold a candle for the original Commander Shepard-starring Mass Effect trilogy of games. Fans have called for Mass Effect remasters to be released, allowing the award-winning trilogy of games to get a fresh lick of paint and make use of advancements in technology.
Fans are are so eager for a collection of Mass Effect remasters, in fact, that petitions have been created with thousands of fans pleading for EA and BioWare to hear them out. It now appears that EA is heeding these calls, as during Gamescom 2016 one EA executive revealed that the company is ‘actively’ considering making Mass Effect remasters a reality.
Mass Effect Remasters Being Considered by EA
Asked about remasters by Game Informer, which specifically offered Mass Effect remasters as an example, EA Studios’ executive vice president Patrick Söderlund says that the company is “absolutely actively looking at it” and that “I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.”
Söderlund‘s comments mark a 180-degree turn on what he said (also to Game Informer) last year at E3 2015. The EA exec dashed hopes of a trilogy remaster, telling the publication that although EA had looked into it, “for us, it’s about weighing where we spend our resources. Is it better for them to be working on a completely new IP, which you know BioWare is, or should they be remastering a Mass Effect?”
Despite Söderlund now having changed his tune, the exec. still seems to have concerns. After confirming that EA is looking at releasing Mass Effect remasters, the exec. explains that “I want to make sure that if we were to do it, we would do it really well and that people feel that it’s the same game but it feels so much better in this new shape and form.”
Moreover, he notes that “there have been titles that have come out that have done it really well, and there have been others that maybe haven’t done it so well. We just want to make sure that we stay in the ‘done it really well’ camp.” So there’s nothing set in stone right now, but I think we can safely say that there’s no longer a need to petition.