BioWare Mulling Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster for PS4, XOne

There could be a future in store for Commander Shepard after all.

Aaryn Flynn, GM of BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal Studios, says the studio has discussed the possibility of a next-gen remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy. Flynn spread the word via a comment on Twitter:

We’ve already seen Mass Effect bundled as a trilogy for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. Given the franchise’s popularity and the seemingly low cost to upgrade it to next-gen, it seems like something EA would green light without much thought.

If it does happen, it’s likely the last “new” Commander Shepard adventure we’ll see. BioWare has been working on a new Mass Effect game since early 2013 and has repeatedly stated it won’t feature Shepard and “doesn’t relate necessarily to any of the Shepard events at all, whatsoever.”

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4 Comments on BioWare Mulling Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster for PS4, XOne

Ade

On March 3, 2014 at 8:58 am

Another Bioware Brainfart (TM). We already had the whole series re-released as a box-set less than two years ago. Now they want to do it again just because the graphics could be a bit sharper? Give me a break.

It’s sad to see what a cash cow the series has become. The saddest part is that even with all the sh*t they pulled over ME3 and the decreasing overall standard of Bioware games in the last few years, this would probably still sell loads. But I don’t see the point personally, the whole idea of remastering only worked for older titles because of the new capabilities PS3 and 360 presented (e.g. HD graphics, trophy/achievement support, widespread online functionality and accessibility etc) compared to the consoles these games were originally released on. I don’t think the jump from seventh gen to eighth gen justifies a release like this. There’s simply not enough technical upheaval to make a PS4/Xbox One version of these games significantly greater than the originals. Besides which, part of the charm of the first game was that it deliberately chose production values that were only A- or B+ standard so it would be reminiscent of Star Trek. Any remaster would invariably seek to put it on par with the sequels which I think would be missing the point.

If Mass Effect has to continue – and I’d rather it didn’t, since I think it spits on the very fundamentals and ideals that Bioware stood for to keep riding this thing – then they need to purely look forward. That way they can do whatever they want and there can be no complaints from anyone, since it’s for all intents and purposes their original material. Those who didn’t like the direction the original games took can ignore them, and the rest can give it a shot. But this sort of thing just has sad echoes of George Lucas constantly shilling and making unnecessary changes and expansions to his work in order to make a few extra bucks, or bands completely changing their line-up over ten years yet still playing and earning royalties from the songs made famous by the founding members. It stinks of cynical exploitation, something which Mass Effect should not be remembered for.

Evernessince

On March 3, 2014 at 12:56 pm

This title should read “EA mulling Mass Effect Trilogy remaster due to gobs of money being thrown at them by sony and microsoft”

Also you misspelled trilogy, “triology”, in the title.

Ron Whitaker

On March 3, 2014 at 2:14 pm

@Evernessince: Actually, that’s the old Gaelic / English spelling of “trilogy.”

But seriously, good catch, and thanks. It’s been fixed.

michael

On March 3, 2014 at 6:21 pm

HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

Good Luck…