Remastered Mass Effect trilogy coming in May, gameplay revealed

Even before it was announced, fans have been anticipating a remastering of the Mass Effect trilogy. Last year, on N7 Day (November 7), EA finally announced that, yes, the trilogy was being remastered and the collection, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, would be coming in 2021.

In an announcement this week, EA and BioWare shared a release date – May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (also playable on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S) and a first look at what the games will look like in a sleek new trailer.

“It’s been an incredible journey revisiting the stories, characters and iconic moments of the Mass Effect trilogy, enhancing the experience for modern platforms while staying true to the spirit of the original,” said Mac Walters, Project Director on the Mass Effect Legendary Edition and lead writer of the original trilogy at BioWare, in a statement. “Remastering a game, let alone three, is a huge undertaking as there’s over 100 hours of gameplay included, but we wanted to do this for our fans as well as a new generation of gamers looking to jump into the iconic story of Shepard.”

The game features fully remastered character models, shaders and VFX improvements, updated lighting, improved dynamic shadows, volumetrics and depth of field to add even more immersion to the game. Cut scenes have also been remastered with an improved look. Plus the controls, including combat, aim, and handling have all been modernized in addition to the overall improvements to character creation.

The edition will also come with more than 40 pieces of DLC which includes story and weapons and armor packs all done in 4K Ultra HD with HDR.