Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include single-player base content and DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, plus promo weapons, armors, and packs - all remastered and optimized for 4k Ultra HD. It will be available in Spring 2021 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. More information to come in the new year!
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.
With the news of the Mass Effect collection coming out there also came a new piece of information that apparently a new Mass Effect game is under development and is led by a "veteran" team.
So what do people actually want from the next Mass Effect game? Andromeda tried undertaking a step away from the original trilogy and all bugs aside personally I thought the biggest failing of that title was the writing. The quests were forgettable and you repeated a whole bunch of boring cookie cutter activities but this all boiled down to poor writing. No one from the new set of characters was interesting or particularly likeable and the primary story quest was a rehash of "the ancient ones" coming back that the original trilogy was based around. None of the side quests or even major quests were particularly impactful - with a few minor exceptions - and the entire premise seemed squandered on making sure you had a lot of question marks on your map rather than meaningful character interactions.
You could go on and on listing the shortcomings of Andromeda but it really makes me wonder what it is that I actually want from Mass Effect. A part of me wants them to just continue the story of the original trilogy but I also feel like we've already done that. Prequels rarely work because you're faced with having to think up new gameplay mechanics that somehow predate the cool tech of the future. Andromeda already ran up against this with having gear and abilities that seemed way more advanced than anything you experienced in the original trilogy despite being set hundreds of years in the past. If you go too far forward you run the risk of become too far detached from the source material to the point where it might as well be a totally different game.
So what do you guys want? More of the same? A complete departure from what we already had? Would you want members from the original cast to make a return? Old man Garrus sending you out on missions and telling you stories of what happened after The Shepard chose the green ending?