The numerous leaks and reports about the Mass Effect remaster aiming for an October release can be shelved, at least for now, as the release date has been delayed to early 2021 because of the first game experiencing visual and gameplay problems according to “people familiar with the development.”
This comes from a report by VentureBeat, saying that “The primary factor holding up development, beyond the pandemic, is the original Mass Effect game. It currently does not live up to the quality of the rest of the package. It would make a poor first impression for new players, and it might disappoint fans who then won’t go on to play and experience the impressive upgrades for Mass Effect 2 and ME 3.”
The good news, at least, seems to be that the remaster, now named Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, is indeed a real thing. EA has yet to formally announce it and these problems are the supposed cause of the silence about the title.
The bad news is that multiplayer will not be part of this package, but will instead just include all of the DLC across all games.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is reported to release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with a Switch version to follow.