Video game publisher Electronic Arts explains why the tentative remasters for the original trilogy of the science fiction franchise Mass Effect won't happen.
Despite the fact that Electronic Arts' Executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund recently teased Mass Effect fans to say that there was remaster potential for the first three games in the franchise, according to a recent IGN interview with the publisher's Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, the series won't be getting re-released with updated graphics any time soon. Although the EA exec admits that remastering the original Mass Effect trilogy would be both lucrative for the company and satisfying to the many fans of the titles, Moore explains that the firm's modus operandi is to look to the future rather than rely on past ventures for profit.
Additionally, Moore stated during the interview that the Mass Effect remasters won't be happening due to the possibility of their creation being something that "distracts" developers from the process of creating the series' forthcoming sequel in the oft-delayed Andromeda. The Electronic Arts executive's take on the issue can be read in the statement following this paragraph and can be found in the complete interview below.
"We're a company that is focused on delivering for the future. I was asked a question once [about remasters and I said] it's just not what we do. We've got incredibly talented dev studios around the world who are focused on delivering new IP, new experiences, [and] more and more live services.
"Can we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes. Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes, they have. We just feel like we want to go forward. There's a little thing called Mass Effect: Andromeda that we're totally focused on at BioWare and it's gonna be magnificent."
With Moore admitting that there's a desire from the Mass Effect fan base to see the games get remastered, the interviewer notes that if Electronic Arts wants to reflect a "player-first culture", then why not re-release the science fiction trilogy with updated visuals to appease players? Moore explains that such a scenario isn't that simple, saying, "Is there demand? Yes, there's thousands of people who want it. Do we need millions? I don't know. Our blinders are on and [we are] looking toward future."
Apparently, if Electronic Arts puts out remasters of the first three Mass Effect games, there would be costs beyond financial investments at stake, as it would divert the company's attention from its current and future projects. After all, Moore also mentioned during the discussion that fans have been asking the company to make a follow-up to Skate 3 and create another entry in the Fight Night franchise, which points to the potentiality of both titles having already received the green light.
In any event, perhaps it's best that remasters for the first three Mass Effect titles don't come to be. With Electronic Arts having little to no interest in HD remakes no matter the franchise, it's highly likely that they would basically be created for the sake of making money, meaning that the remasters wouldn't necessarily be treated with care or passion, and could ultimately result in a mediocre product. Plus, since there has already been a dearth of gameplay footage for Mass Effect: Andromeda thus far, should the aforementioned remasters cause developers to detract their attention from the project, then most fans would likely agree with Moore that the new game should take precedence.
The original Mass Effect trilogy is available now for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, while Mass Effect: Andromeda is set for release sometime in March 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.