EA is looking to remaster one of its most popular game franchises: Mass Effect.
EA has been staying out of the remaster game, but that is about to change. In a recent interview with Game Informer, Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Studios, basically admitted that the remasters were coming, saying:
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.
He then went on to talk about the quality of remasters, obviously wanting to ensure that they would not screw anything up:
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.”
The next part of the franchise, Mass Effect Andromeda, is on its way, so it seems like there would not be a more perfect time to set the remasters in motion.
Fans have been wary of Mass Effect Andromeda recently, considering no gameplay has been shown, but Soderlund also addressed this, saying:
I get people want to see gameplay and I just came back from a short vacation and I played through the first three hours of the game. It’s very playable, and there is no alarm about, ‘Why aren’t they showing it?’ It’s strictly that the game will get the right type of exposure at the right time and that we can the right voice for it. Right now we’re focused on our big titles for [October through December], and when that’s done, we’ll shift to Mass Effect. You’ll see a lot more very shortly.”
So hopefully we will be seeing a lot of Mass Effect soon.
Mass Effect Andromeda is set for release in March of 2017.