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Guys, it's finally happening. According to a wholly reliable source, Electronic Arts plans to release a remastered collection containing the first three (and best) Mass Effect games for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One within a year. This has been rumoured for a while now, but it looks like the dream is coming true at long last.
EA announced during its latest financial report that it's aiming to release no less than 14 new games during the next fiscal year, which runs until the end of March 2021. While the publisher didn't talk specifics, we do know that four of them will be sports games. That of course means a new Madden, FIFA, and NHL - as well as a fourth that I'm unsure about.
There'll also be a handful of mobile games, a few indie titles, a couple of new IPs and something that the publisher referred to as "an additional EA HD title".
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Nobody really looked twice at this when it was first released. Financial reports tend to be pretty dry and light on details, after all. However, things took a much more intriguing turn when VentureBeat claimed that this "additional EA HD title" is in fact a remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy.
The author of the piece, Jeff Grubb, later tweeted to draw attention to that specific claim in his report. That suggests to me he's pretty confident about the information he has, no?
It's worth pointing out that the report is completely unverified at present, but we absolutely can't rule out the possibility of such a remaster. Mass Effect has been on ice since 2017's disastrous Andromeda, and with the reports that developer BioWare has already started work on a new entry, perhaps a remastered collection of the good games in the series is EA's way of reminding us all how truly incredible the sci-fi RPG series can be when it's at its best?
Beyond that, EA has said a few times over the past year or so that it plans to release more remasters and remakes of "fan-favourite" franchises. Anytime you mention the possibility of a Mass Effect remaster to a genuine fan of the series, they near-enough bite your hand off in excitement. I'd say that's enough to make a Mass Effect trilogy remaster qualify as fan-favourite.
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