EA is open to remastering Mass Effect if 'it feels so much better in this new shape and form'

Although studio execs were previously against the idea, 'there is proof in the market that people want it.' 

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Despite being against the idea of remastering BioWare's Mass Effect trilogy, EA has come around thanks to greater and greater evidence that, well, remasters make lots of money.

Speaking to Game Informer at Gamescom, EA Studios executive Patrick Soderlund admitted that the company is slowly coming around to the idea of remastering titles.

"What's changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. 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."

It's no coincidence that Soderlund spoke specifically to following Activision's lead. Of the deluge of remasters that have come to define this generation of consoles (so far), Activision and EA refrained. Activision caved first; its remasters have met with mixed results, although its announcement of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare HD—a remaster of CoD4 only available alongside collector's editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare—generated excitement earlier this year.

Even so, consumers shouldn't expect EA to dive head-first into remasters. "We have to be careful in choosing the right brands for the right reasons at the right time. A remaster is something that you can just do or do it really well. I want to make sure that if we were to do it, we would do it really well and that people feel that it's the same game but it feels so much better in this new shape and form. There have been titles that have come out that have done it really well, and there have been others that maybe haven't done it so well. We just want to make sure that we stay in the 'done it really well' camp."

An ideal time to release an HD version of the first Mass Effect, at a minimum, would be ahead of Mass Effect Andromeda, which will mark the beginning of a new saga in BioWare's sci-fi universe when it launches in 2017.

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      August 16, 2016 3:12 PM

      whoooaaaaaaaa

      An ideal time to release an HD version of the first Mass Effect, at a minimum, would be ahead of Mass Effect Andromeda, which will mark the beginning of a new saga in BioWare's sci-fi universe when it launches in 2017.

      FREE TO CURRENT OWNERS RIGHT :D oh hell yeah I'd highly likely replay 'em all before ME:A !!!

      :D

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        August 16, 2016 3:14 PM

        so... they've already mostly finished an enhanced ME1? if the ideal time for release is before ME:A?

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      August 16, 2016 3:14 PM

      Literally just posting in the Origin sale thread about this, hopefully its good!

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      August 16, 2016 3:14 PM

      They better not fuck with the game god dammit.

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        August 16, 2016 3:50 PM

        I don't think they would change much. Remasters differ from remakes: a remaster is like giving your living room a new coat of paint, whereas a remake would be tantamount to gutting your living room and putting in new carpet and furnishings.

        An HD upgrade for the first three ME games would likely amount to a high-def touch-up and maybe, possibly smoothing over some mechanics that BioWare has had its eye on tweaking for years.

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          August 16, 2016 3:54 PM

          The first one holds a special place in mah heart.

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        August 17, 2016 6:38 AM

        They'd fuck up 1 and make it like 3, no question.

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      August 16, 2016 3:57 PM

      all they would need to do is claim that they removed the excruciatingly slow elevators and people would throw money right in their faces

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      August 16, 2016 4:13 PM

      Just make the citadel not so god awful to get around in mass effect 1.

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      August 17, 2016 6:13 AM

      I will buy it, let's get started on it.

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      August 17, 2016 6:37 AM

      native gamepad support + all DLC included and they get my money

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      August 17, 2016 6:42 AM

      Yes please do it. I will buy these fucking games for the third time, no problem!

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      August 17, 2016 7:00 AM

      I know it wont be like this but I'd like the weapon/armor variety of 1 with the combat and loadout selection of 3 for all 3 games with hyped up graphics.

      Man that'd be swell.