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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’s day one patch is bigger than the original games

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Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is nearly upon us, and while all those hungry fans are no doubt desperate to get their eyeballs on those spruced-up graphics and improved combat mechanics on May 14, they’ll reportedly have to sit through a day one patch before they can sink into the action. That’s not necessarily a bad thing; even though it would be great if day one patches didn’t need to exist at all they’re still very common. Yet what’s funny about the patch for Legendary Edition is that the file size is bigger than all three of the original games.


Which makes it sound huge but in reality, it’ll apparently only be 11.8GB. Mass Effect 1 had a file size of 6.38GB, Mass Effect 2 weighed in 9.25GB and Mass Effect 3 finally clocked in 10.60GB. If anything it’s a fun point of comparison! The whole of Mass Effect 1 was just 6.38GB? Seems strange in relation to game sizes now. The day one patch for Legendary Edition will reportedly improve performance, stability, ambient occlusion, lighting, and also various crashes and bugs.


There’s a great deal of hype around Mass Effect: Legendary Edition as it’s taking three of the most beloved RPGs of all time and bringing them much closer to today’s standards. All three games will be included in the package as well as 40 pieces of DLC content and it should all look much better thanks to updated textures, improved character models, 4K support and HDR options. “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 project director Mac Walters in a statement.

Last Updated: May 3, 2021


  1. DapperWoef

    May 3, 2021 at 05:45


    Not too hefty.


  2. D4m@E

    May 3, 2021 at 05:46

    In other words – it fixes everything that should’ve been done during development.
    Day 1 patches might as well be called mandatory paid game unlocks at this point, because I’m paying for my internet so it’s not even free.


    • DapperWoef

      May 3, 2021 at 05:48

      Valid point.


    • Insomnia is fun

      May 3, 2021 at 06:20

      I just resort to buying games a year or so later. They’re usually on sale with all the DLC included at half the price.


      • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

        May 3, 2021 at 13:16

        This man knows what’s up


    • MaSeKind

      May 3, 2021 at 09:48

      I suspect the patch might actually be the majority of the new content, if not everything. And they’re still working on stuff.

      Not sure if there’s preload for it. Otherwise this will just be included in your initial download. Might just be a non story. Also can’t find any info on physical editions (those special editions don’t include the game) that will need a day one patch.


  3. MaSeKind

    May 3, 2021 at 09:39

    Wait why is there a day one patch? Is the Legendary Edition available as a boxed copy as well? Otherwise you’ll surely just download the patch stuff as you download the game. Sounds like they might still be working on it.

    Or is the patch the ACTUAL Legendary content and you’re pretty much downloading the originals and then have to get the update. Seems a bit silly but this is EA


  4. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    May 3, 2021 at 13:15

    Misleading title and words man. The file is bigger than ANY of the three games, not ALL of the three games.


  5. CodeDisQus

    May 4, 2021 at 03:42

    Is this still surprising? I feel like the gaming community has come to terms with this.


    • Cole Old

      May 4, 2021 at 04:45

      Unfortunately yes. They’ve also come to terms with season passes, microtansactions and gambling in their games. I miss the days everyone lost their shit back when horse armour was introduced for the first time. Back then a patch like this would’ve caused a meltdown


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