A tweet from the official Bioware account seems to point to an impending announcement of a Mass Effect trilogy remaster or remake. The tweet is simply the opening cutscene of the original Mass Effect with a cryptic message:
— BioWare (@bioware) January 14, 2020
This teaser follows another tweet on January 7 with a quote from Mass Effect 2. The tweet reads: “However insignificant we might be, we will fight, we will sacrifice, and we will find a way! That’s what humans do.” Alongside the text, Bioware posted an image of the SSV Normandy, a spacecraft heavily featured in the original Mass Effect trilogy.
— BioWare (@bioware) January 7, 2020
Bioware’s recent history with the Mass Effect franchise has been shakey. Mass Effect Andromeda, released in 2017, looked to be the start of a new era for the series. However, the incredibly negative reception the game received seems to have halted those plans. With the failure of Anthem, Bioware’s latest game, the studio’s future seems uncertain.
What better way to get back on the right foot than a release of the original Mass Effect trilogy. The studio really needs a victory right now, and with the success of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, EA is likely excited to cash in on the single-player audience they thought didn’t exist several years ago.
A remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy would be great for fans. The games are backward compatible with Xbox One, and they work rather well on that console line. However, the PC versions of the games vary in quality. The original Mass Effect requires quite a bit of tweaking depending on your hardware, and it looks rough without mods. Additionally, it’s a pain to figure out which DLC works with each version of the game, and a re-release would hopefully clear that issue up.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear something definitive on a remastered Mass Effect trilogy soon. These are some of the most beloved RPGs of all time, and with minimal effort (at least compared to building a whole new game), Bioware could print money and redeem itself a bit in the eyes of fans.