Almost since the start of the current console generation, folks have been asking for remastered versions of the Mass Effect trilogy. Given how popular these games were last-gen, this demand isn’t all that surprising. Those who had hoped EA would one day remaster this beloved series are in for a bit of bad news, as it seems that there will be no remastered Mass Effect any time soon.
In an interview with IGN, EA executive Peter Moore was asked about whether or not the company plans to release a Mass Effect trilogy remaster. “Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes,” said Moore to IGN. “Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes they have. Do we have… No.” He goes on to say that the publisher is looking forward, not backward, and that the company would rather focus its energy on games like the upcoming Mass Effect Andromeda than on older titles.
These statements from Moore are rather interesting considering what fellow EA exec, Patrick Soderlund, said to Game Informer about remastered titles during GamesCom just last month. On the subject of remasters, Soderlund said: “The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. 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.”
Why has the company seemingly changed its tune in just two short weeks? Why is Moore saying one thing and Soderlund another? It’s hard to say, but for now, it looks like we won’t be seeing Shepard and crew get the HD spit and polish. However, given EA’s inconsistent statements on the subject of HD remasters, perhaps there is some hope that, in the future, we’ll not only get Mass Effect remasters, but perhaps others from EA’s vault.