Rejoice Commander Shepard fans! 'Mass Effect: Legendary Edition' is coming out next week!
BioWare is about to release its compilation of Mass Effect trilogy: Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3, and we can't contain our excitement!
The compilation aptly titled Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is coming out next week.
BioWare promises more enhanced graphics and visuals that will bring us an entirely new experience once we step back into its world. Here's all you need to know.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is arriving on 14 May 2021.
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The game will be available on PC (via Steam and Origin), Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It is also compatible with the next-gen consoles.
The game will not be introducing any changes. It will only be a compilation of the trilogy and will feature the original stories we used to love, only with much better graphics.
The game is not too demanding, although it requires 120 GB of available space. Here are the full systems requirements to play the game.
For the minimum requirement, your pc must have 64-bit Windows 10 OS, Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-8350 Processor, 8 GB RAM, GPU: NVIDIA GTX 760, AMD Radeon 7970 / R9280X GPU RAM: 2 GB Video Memory Graphics, Version 11 DirectX, and 120GB available space.
For a much smoother gaming experience, the Legendary Edition recommends 64-bit Windows 10 OS, Intel Core i7-7700 or AMD Ryzen 7 3700X Processor, 16 GB RAM, GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1070 / RTX 200, Radeon Vega 56, GPU RAM: 4 GB Video Memory Graphics, Version 11 DirectX, and 1.20GB available space.
The graphics are the most notable development advancement of the Legendary Edition compared to the original trilogy. The developers were very keen on increasing the resolution and the overall textures across the trilogy.
Kevin Meek, environment and character director, claims that the "resolutions increased at least to four times if not 16 times, potentially, if they had been previously authored at a higher resolution."
With improved lighting, better dynamic shadows, volumetrics, and depth-of-field, the Legendary Edition will re-immerse you to the trilogy deeper than before.
The improved graphics also paved the way for some notable changes in the overall design of the environment.
For example, Eden Prime now has much more robust greenery, and the light of the sun is now above you, allowing you to soak in the more dramatic lighting as you progress toward the end. Take a look at this trailer to better see the comparison.
Unfortunately, the Legendary Edition will not include Mass Effect 3’s co-op multiplayer mode. According to BioWare, they've discussed the idea of bringing it back along with other features like cross-play. However, they think that it would require the same amount of effort as the whole Master Effect 1 remaster. In the end, the team decided to just focus on the core trilogy in a single-player experience.
The Mass Effect Legendary Edition package includes the DLC originally released for the trilogy. That means that you will have access to all the essential stories, so you don't have to worry about missing out on any. Mass Effect 3 will include its revamped ending, which is also originally provided as a free DLC.
The game even has the digital Genesis and Genesis 2 comics, which were only accessible to the Wii U version of Mass Effect 3 in the past.
The package includes the DLC originally released for the trilogy, so you’ve no longer got to worry about missing out on essential party members or pieces of story content.
Mass Effect 3 will have its revamped ending (originally provided as free DLC) included from the start, as well.
All the single-player downloadable content (DLC) that was originally released for each game, like the promotional weapons, armors, and packs, will be available.
The only DLC missing from the list BioWare provided is Mass Effect 1’s Pinnacle Station combat arena.
The source code for the Pinnacle Station DLC was lost, and BioWare thinks it so minor it was not considered worth rebuilding from scratch.