If there’s one remaster not called Final Fantasy VII that gamers keep asking for, it’s Mass Effect. Bioware’s multi-game space opera has – for good reason! – become one of the most renowned and beloved franchises in gaming. In a sea of unwanted remakes and remasters, a Mass Effect one would actually be appreciated. Unfortunately, it looks like it may not happen.
In a chat with Gameinformer, EA’s Patrick Söderlund has said that EA is going to continue to focus on new games instead of remasters of old ones.
“I won’t lie and say we haven’t looked at it,” Söderlund told GI after they enquired about Mass Effect. “But for us, it’s about weighing where we spend our resources. Is it better for them to be working on a completely new IP, which you know BioWare is, or should they be remastering a Mass Effect?”
He said there’s certainly a time and place for remasters – but, and this I agree with, asserts that the memory of games in their cultural zeitgeist is an important part of the experience.
Söderlund says there are times when remasters are appropriate and there are certainly those he has personally enjoyed, citing Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us Remastered. He also mentioned that sometimes the memory of those games in their time and place are an important part of the experience.
“I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I go back and play a game, you want the memory of what they were at that point in time when you played them,” Söderlund says. “If I go back and play the old games, I think, ‘Really?!’ Was this what it was? Because in my mind it was amazing.”
Though he didn’t flat out rule out a Mass Effect Remaster, it seems that it may not happen – so those of you waiting patiently may be waiting for ever. I’m Commander Shepard, and this would be my favourite remaster in the Citadel.
EA has, however, shown a glimpse of a new Mass Effect in Mass Effect Andromeda, which seems to be disconnected from Shepard’s story by both time and space. It was the shining star (along with Star Wars Battlefront) in an otherwise dull showcase for EA.
Last Updated: June 17, 2015