EA has finally confirmed the release date of the highly anticipated Mass Effect Legendary Edition since it was first announced late last year. Fans of the series won’t have to wait too long as Commander Sheperd and the crew will be dropping on May 14 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. PS5 and Xbox Series will get to play it via backwards compatibility and not through a dedicated next-gen port.
Along with the official announcement, a stunning new trailer has been revealed and it is absolutely glorious. Literal chills up my spine moment.
It has been reportedly delayed once before, due to improvements being made to the first game, and indeed the gameplay changes are significant, not just to the controls, but to the AI and quality of life improvements.
The game will be running at a smooth 4K 60fps clip but BioWare has confirmed that the game will not have Raytracing and instead will have real time reflections. Despite being compatible for the next-gen consoles, this release will not feature and DualSense features or Tempest 3D Audio for the PS5 and Quick Resume for the Xbox Series.
Here are some of the key highlights of the game from the official website:
Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armors, and packs – remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD. Experience an amazingly rich and detailed universe where your decisions have profound consequences on the action and the outcome.
RELIVE THE CINEMATIC SAGA: Heart-pounding action meets gripping interactive storytelling where you decide how your unique story unfolds. Three Games – One Launcher: Play through the single-player base content and over 40 DLC from all three games, including promo weapons, armors, and packs. Remastered for a New Generation: Experience the trilogy in 4K Ultra HD with enhanced performance, visuals, and graphics, all available in HDR. Visual Improvements on All Three Games: Updates include enhanced models, shaders, FX, lighting, and depth of field.
EXPERIENCE THE LEGEND OF SHEPARD: Create and customize your own character, from appearance and skills to a personalized arsenal then lead your elite recon squad across a galaxy in turmoil. New Shepard Customizations: With improved hair, makeup, eye color and skin tones you can create your Shepard in a unified character creator with all options available across the full trilogy, or choose to play as the iconic Femshep from Mass Effect 3 now available in all titles. Gameplay Enhancements for the First Mass Effect™ Game: Enjoy improved aiming and weapons balance, SFX, input/controls, squad behavior, cover behavior, and gameplay cameras.
REFLECT ON YOUR CHOICES: Your choices seamlessly travel from one game to the next. Each decision you make will control the outcome of every mission, every relationship, every battle – and even the fate of the galaxy itself. Performance Mode Options: Supports ultra-high refresh rates on PC, and offers a choice between “”Favorite Quality”” for increased resolution or “”Favor Framerate”” to boost your FPS on consoles.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is scheduled for a May 14 release on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and PC.