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Commander Shepard is back and in 4K!

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Latest News - Vinyl Collection

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The Announcement

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Trailer

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PC Requirements

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Game Pass

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Enhancements

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Mass Effect 4?

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Legendary Cache Edition Doesn't Include The Game

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Mass Effect: LE Will Feature Mod Support

The Mass Effect trilogy still remains a beloved franchise, despite it being many years since it was released.

Originally released on the Xbox 360 way back in 2007, the series later appeared on PC and PS3.

Mass Effect followed the story of Commander Shepherd, an elite human soldier who must stop a rogue agent from carrying out the Reapers' galactic invasion.

Latest News - Vinyl Collection

Releasing alongside the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is an 85 track, 4LP collection.

The collection is being released by SPACELAB9 and they announced the news on Twitter saying,

"MASS EFFECT TRILOGY: VINYL COLLECTION 4LP BOX SET – Presale begins March 4th @ 1pm EST at http://SPACELAB9.COM - Massive collection features 85 tracks from the critically acclaimed game trilogy, painstakingly curated by the BioWare sound team and specially mastered for vinyl."

The Announcement

On N7 day, a celebration of the Mass Effect series, EA officially announced the Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

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REBORN: The beloved Mass Effect trilogy will be remastered in 4K.

After months of rumours and speculation, the news was finally revealed by EA in a blog post.

"For many months now, our team at BioWare has been hard at work updating the textures, shaders, models, effects and technical features of three enormous games.

Our goal was not to remake or reimagine the original games, but to modernize the experience so that fans and new players can experience the original work in its best possible form.

It's been amazing to see the adventures of Commander Shepard take on new life in super-sharp resolution, faster framerates, and beautiful visual enhancements. As game developers, we always hope that our games will transcend their original platforms.

Having the opportunity to remaster the trilogy means that the fruits of a decade of our work will live on, and will be experienced better and clearer than ever before."

Mass Effect Legendary Edition will include the 3 base games, plus all of the extra DLC including story expansions, weapons, armor, and packs.

Trailer

Check out the trailer for the Mass Effect Legendary Edition below.

Release Date

The official release date for the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is May 14th 2021.

Platforms

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC via Origin and Steam.

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SMASH HIT: Mass Effect is hailed as one of the greatest games of all time.

It will also have forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X and Playstation 5.

It is likely that the game will run at 4K 60fps on PC, Xbox Series X and PS5, while running at 1080p 30/60fps on Xbox One and PS4.

PC Requirements

The official requirements for the game have been released by EA, check them out below.

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-8350
  • RAM: 8 GB System Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X
  • GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 120 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Recommended Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
  • RAM: 16 GB System Memory
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1070, AMD Radeon Vega 56.
  • GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory
  • HARD DRIVE: At least 120 GB of free space
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 11

Game Pass

With Microsoft recently adding EA Play to its service, it is possible that Mass Effect Legendary Edition will come to Game Pass.

The current Mass Effect titles are on the platform, so it is possible.

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2021: The game is due to launch in Spring 2021.

But with it being a new title it may stay off the service for a while, before being added at a later date.

The game should be on the EA Play Pro package on PC as that gives players access to new games on day one.

Enhancements

The trilogy will be completely remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD.

Considering the final game in the trilogy released in 2012, that will mean some huge graphical improvements compared to the originals.

Mass Effect 4?

In addition to the announcement of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, Bioware have also confirmed that a new Mass Effect game is in development.

"Meanwhile here at BioWare, a veteran team has been hard at work envisioning the next chapter of the Mass Effect universe. We are in early stages on the project and can’t say any more just yet, but we’re looking forward to sharing our vision for where we’ll be going next."

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Legendary Cache Edition Doesn't Include The Game

Bioware has released the limited edition Legendary Cache, the game's collectors edition.

Players who purchase the Legendary Cache will receive;

  • 1:1 replica helmet
  • 1 Mass Effect Legendary Edition Metal Game Case
  • 1 Morality Spinner Pin
  • 1 N7 Acceptance Letter
  • 2 Canvas Art Prints (Including one you can only find here at the BioWare Gear Store)
  • Comes in a full color custom box featuring the game’s key art
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Legendary Cache

Not bad for $150, especially considering it has a wearable helmet.

But, it doesn't actually include the game itself, players will need to buy that seperate.

If you're a huge Mass Effect fan and just want to own all of this exclusive merchandise then it is a fantastic deal, but be prepared to fork out another $60 for the game itself.

Mass Effect: LE Will Feature Mod Support

The game's project director confirmed on Twitter that they have been in touch with the modding community and are working on implementing mod support for the game.

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