We’ve known for a while now that BioWare has been hard at work on the next installment in the Mass Effect series, which promises to take us on an entirely new journey, as Commander Shepard’s story came to a close in Mass Effect 3.
However, according to BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn, the studio might not be entirely finished with Shepard just yet. In a recent exchange, Flynn was asked about the possibilities of an HD re-release of the trilogy on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that could include 1080p resolution and 60-frames-per-second action.
Perhaps not entirely surprising, Flynn replied (on Twitter) that internal discussions about a Mass Effect Trilogy HD have happened, and if the team can “put solid plans together,” he’ll share them with us.
As you might remember, this wouldn’t mark the first time all three titles were bundled together. That happened in late 2012 when BioWare released Mass Effect Trilogy on the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3. Along with it, the Mass Effect Trilogy brought a load of downloadable content that spanned across all three titles in the series.
This release would be the first time, however, we’d see significant enhancement to the games, and considering the first Mass Effect was released nearly seven years ago, it could probably do with a full HD facelift. Of course, Mass Effect Trilogy HD won’t be the first popular franchise brought over from last generation’s consoles, updated and released on the Xbox One and PS4. Crystal Dynamics released the excellent Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition in January, which featured enhanced visuals, gameplay and a litany of extras.
A lot of gamers (both returning fans and newcomers) would likely be excited for a Mass Effect Trilogy in HD – if BioWare indeed decides to go down this path. The original Mass Effect, especially, is held back by extremely dated visuals and (and dramatically different combat system) compared to Mass Effect 3, which was released on the same hardware, albeit several years after. BioWare could easily get more mileage out of the beloved trilogy with a next-generation update that enhanced both the visuals and gameplay for a more unified experience.
Visuals and gameplay improvements aside, perhaps the biggest feature series fans would expect would be the inclusion of all the DLC for each game. Mass Effect Trilogy lacked the DLC for Mass Effect 3, so that alone would be a welcomed addition. Adding the game’s online play would be icing on the cake – though it’s certainly possible BioWare could opt to remove that feature to save time and costs.
Frustrated fans who are still unsatisfied with the ending shouldn’t expect BioWare to dramatically change-up the story. That ship sailed long ago and the most we can expect is having Mass Effect 3’s Extended Cut DLC seamlessly woven into the game’s ending. But no matter the ending BioWare tries to sell us, we all know the Indoctrination Theory really happened, right?