Yesterday, the EA CEO Andrew Wilson stated how the company was bringing "multiple" titles to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. While the games he was referring to are believed to be Burnout Paradise Remastered and the latest version of FIFA, there are a few others that might be on the way.
One of these is apparently the "HD remaster" of the original Mass Effect trilogy. This information comes from Venture Beat's Jeff Grubb - the same source who lifted the lid on the most recent Nintendo presentations, thinks a Super Mario 35th anniversary remaster is on the way to the Switch and has previously spoken about this year's June Direct being cancelled.
At the very end of his article about EA releasing 14 new titles between now and next March, he shares a cryptic-like message about the rumoured "HD remaster" of Mass Effect potentially being released on the Switch at a later date. Here it is in full:
Oh, and that HD remaster of an EA game is the Mass Effect Trilogy. Just don’t expect that to also launch on Switch — at least not at first.
Does Jeff know something we don't? We're guessing we'll find out at the upcoming all-digital 'EA Play Live' stream event, taking place on 11th June. Would you like to see the Mass Effect series return to a Nintendo platform? Leave a comment down below.
[source venturebeat.com, via nintendoenthusiast.com]
I haven't gotten into this series yet and I'm not sure if I want to since I hear the trilogy ends on a sour note
It sucks to be built up towards an ending that doesn't deliver.
I'll believe it when I see it.
As long as it comes to Switch eventually, I'd be happy.
That sounds more like a de-confirmation :/
Won’t be buying this if true. 😒
The trilogy almost came to Wii U apparently, before EA got butthurt because Nintendo wouldn't use Origin for online services.
That salt may have been the reason for the relative lack of EA support all these years.
Was... was the original ME trilogy not already in HD? lol maybe in this case 'HD' stands for 'High-er Definition'.
@Elvie In my honest opinion the trilogy is excellent on most fronts. All three games have flaws, and for some, the conclusion didn't seem satisfactory but for me it definitely did the job right (if you include the DLC of course).
The writing in all three games is superb for various reasons and I don't think you should miss out. If you like sci-fi or third person shooters this trilogy is one of the best out.
The people overreacted way too harshly to Mass Effect 3, it has its many moments of writing that is genuinely great.
@Elvie Yes and no.
The first 2 games are EXCELLENT and well worth playing, regardless if you even bother with 3.
Mass Effect 3 wasn't TERRIBLE per se, but the storyline is incredibly stupid and out-of-character compared to the first two installments, which are modern sci-fi classics.
A lot of the post-launch content at least added some more meat and fan service to 3, but it's still a step down.
EA ruined Bioware when they bought them out.
The less said about the putrid Mass Effect: Andromeda the better and Bioware is probably finished after the catastrophic failure of Anthem unless the next Dragon Age is awesome, which is unlikely. (It may not even happen at this point)
Another in a long line of once-great developers murdered by the EA monster.
Mass Effect is already HD
If we get the Mass Effect and Dead Space trilogies for Switch, I’ll eat my gym shorts... EA is a horrible company but they have produced some neat titles here and there. Especially the aforementioned bits above... hoping they are fully realized on Switch if they are indeed ported over.
@NoNoseNosferatu Agreed. Mass Effect trilogy and Dead Space 1&2 (you can keep 3) are the only things that would make me give EA money,for the first time in around 9 years
Put all the games on the cartridge and I’ll consider it, otherwise it’s a firm no.
@PlayedNSlayed I’m something of a completist; I would need all 3 games to complete the narrative, otherwise the story in my head would fall apart. I concur that both games final chapters weren't the best ending the way they did but I still enjoyed them for what they were if that makes sense.
Also Carver’s missions in DS3 should be added as a single player chapter and not a multiplayer component.
Many people including myself, prefer solo outings when it comes to horror titles...
HD remaster of a HD game. What a time to be alive.
Collections are the worst, no thanks. Why would you want gamers oversaturated with the same-same content. Boring.
@NullPointerExcep @NullPointerExcep Right?!
Can someone explain this to me? This statement sounds a lot more like "it's not happening for Switch, maybe if we're lucky at some point" or am I misunderstanding the concepts of "coming to" and "launching on"? English isn't my first language so I might..
Meh, I have the Borderlands collection on May 29th to keep me entertained.
Another brand new decady game for switch????
A BRAND NEW REMASTER FOR SWITCH!!!
It must be very cheap.
69,00 euros only!!!
“Don’t expect that to also launch on Switch at least not at first”. Hmmm a little confusing. I’m none the wiser. Anyway This is one EA series I would interested in
I like remakes etc, but give me windwaker or something new. This winter new consoles are coming out and i intend to play new games. I want Nintendo to innovate and release more "new" games instead of having to play 3rd party remakes on my switch.
I'd like to see the Dragon Age titles on Switch.
Would love to have Mass Effect for the Switch, but, it kinda sounds too good to be true. Let's just wait and see.
Is this because I was the only one who bought Mass Effect 3 for Wii U?
@mesome713 I'm sorry, what the hell are you talking about? You're not saying that all 3 Mass Effects are the same game right?
That's like saying the second and third Lord of the Rings movies are boring, because they're basically the same movie as the first one.
I wouldn't believe what you here. People have had a problem with how they feel that the 3rd part ignores all their decisions. This is absolutely not true: the whole third game is the product of your previous choices.
And the end... I actually liked it a lot. I think it is a great ending although I think the meaning of it could've been clarified a bit. But that's me.
Nevertheless, Mass Effect 2 is one of the best games ever made. and the other two aren't that far behind.
Yeah... sure. Bet we get Mass Effect 1 for 70 bucks, while all the others get the Mass Effect Trilogy for 30 bucks. 😑
Watch them make it digital only and have you dedicate an entire memory card to it.
@PlayedNSlayed I'd argue even Dead Space 3 had its moments. The Lovecraftian elements in it are genuinely cool, it's just a shame they decided to shift their focus on co-op which defeats the purpose of the more tactical shooting from the first games not to mention there were already much stronger alternatives.
But you know what they will do if they bring a physical, it will just be a 2GB cart with links to download the games
Yeah, that "HD remaster" thing sounds pretty silly, when speaking about games that where already in HD in their original release.
@Impaler-D In my opinion, the Mass Effect Trilogy is the perfect example of why making such a trilogy was a bad idea in the first place:
The first game is overflowing with ambition and that makes it easier for me to overlook the rather generic space opera setting.
The second game feels much smaller and narrow, which may be the result of Bioware trying to reduce the scope and focus on the core experience. That makes it probably the most accomplished game in the trilogy, but at the price of losing part of that richness that made the first game so compelling. Also, the story feels more like a side story than a proper follow up to what was set up in the first game.
And yeah, the third game didn't grab me at all. It's not a matter of the ending, or whether or not it reflected the choices from previous chapters... it just felt flat and too much like it was a chore, both for the developers and for me as a player.
EA is a liar and cannot be trusted.
Day one purchase, if true. Mass Effect's world and lore is even better than most sci-fi TV shows. I hope they keep the character import between the games.
EA is the long lost uncle that turns up years after upsetting the family, only to steal the silverware and run away again.
Don't avoid it based on just the ending. I really hated the ending but that's a huge mistake. The first 2 games are both self-contained stories in their own right.
And even the third game is brilliant for the first 90% of it.
Oh great and i just bought the original on PSN thinking that would be the only way i could play it. I hear no physical PS3 version was ever released and that's all i have that plays it. Now it's just a matter of motivating myself to get started. Never touched any of these games yet but I've been curious for the longest time.
Love, love, love Mass Effect!
I’d rather have the original versions than a remaster however I’ll take them any way I can get em.
If only the first acts are on the card (like with the bioshock trilogy) I say: Thanks, but no thanks!
My feeling exactly, ME3 got so much unjustified hate, the game in itself is amazing but people blocked on the last 5 minutes. MET as a whole is my absolute favorite experience of PS3/360 generation along with Red Dead Redeption. Playing it on the go is THE dream.
I'm sure they will give 3 the Xenoblade DE treatment and redo the little things like the faces.
I have a feeling it won't come to switch, I think it would be really nice if it did though
The biggest reason why the ending was looked at so harshly is that the game makers seriously made a big deal about choice. How you played mattered. Only to have the same 3(4) options at the end for everyone and nothing you did before mattered at all...
Play through the game and flip a coin at every decision and you'll still end up with the same options at the end. Except for one or two decisions in the second game that would end the story there.
They basically just copied Deus Ex's ending which is awfully lazy.
Now don't get me wrong, I love the series. Played through it 6 or 7 times and it's awesome. But yeah, the ending really is meh.. So much that I stop after the citadel party the last couple of playthroughs.
Playing through ME3 on the Wii U at the moment, there's so much missing from the choices that you make in the first 2 games that can't carry over to the third one but is still a great game, if this did come to Switch I would probably end up getting one (that and when Rugby Challenge 4 comes but that's not rumored, it's listed on the official FB page)
Oh yes oh yes oh yes!!!!!
Switch: Mass Effect 3 Special Edition Remastered ($60)
PS4/PS5/XBO/XSX/PC: Mass Effect Trilogy Remastered ($40)
It's like poetry - it rhymes.
@Elvie wtf? There are 3 endings and it OK i guess.
@Gelantious I look at it differently. In the very finale of the game, yes, the choices seemed force-fed and the decisions you made while playing through the main game didn't matter as much as, say, the second game.
But I think the second game only had such a grand ending depending on choices because they focused primarily on characters and NOT the main plot of the saga. The third Mass Effect had to end with how the developer envisioned, and while they could have had more development time to smooth out the edges and give the player a better illusion of choices matter, I think they succeeded with doing that in the rest of the game.
There is a review on YouTube of the game by Chris Davis which I wholeheartedly agree with. I may not like many of his views on some games but his Mass Effect 3 review portrayed my thoughts on the matter perfectly.
The entire game is, in its way, a finale. Not the final 10 minutes. Mass Effect 3 nails finishing up the story for all characters and THOSE were the decisions you made along the way that mattered. I think it's giving the writers an injustice to dismiss the entirety of Mass Effect 3 just because of its final act. They made a big effort on concluding stories for all the side characters whom you got to know along the journey.
I'm not going to say the writing is perfect, there were things in the story which felt deeply contrived and non-sensical, but I still enjoy Mass Effect 3 as much as I enjoy Mass Effect 1 and 2.
I enjoyed the games and even enjoyed Andromeda but they would have to add something for me to play again. Too many other amazing games to play without repeating ones I have already played and I am still disappointed there was never the obvious DLC for Andromeda.
Honestly I didn’t get what all the fuss was about when I played ME2. It didn’t even hold my interest to finish it. Doubt I’ll give it another go...
I agree that the entire game was the ending and not just the last 10 minutes. Depending on previous games, we would find out what happened to Mordin, Legion, Wrex, Ashley/Kaiden, Thane, etc - in the missions leading up to the end.
Only played about 20 mins of the first one a few years ago. Me2 on the other hand is amazing! One of the most immersive experiences ever. Feel like bootin up the 360 x x x
I wouldn't mind playing ME, didn't really get too much into it back in the day.
Come on EA the only IP i’m interested in of yours is battlefront!
Haha exactly that 🤣👍
@Elvie the trilogy ends just fine, don't let that stop you from experiencing some amazing games
Mass Effect is one of the games I was given with my new 360 when the game came out. My mom went to my work when I was helping at another store, and my manager helped her pick out three. It was easily my favorite saga of the generation. I got all achievements across the games, and had amazing multiplayer kit, too. I have the art books and hardbound guides, the novels, the spin-off Blu-ray movie, an N7 shirt, even an Andromeda shirt. Yeah, I loved Andromeda too, wanna fight?
I said it in the forums, and I'll say it here;
If MET comes to Switch, I'll soil my pants. If it comes with all DLC and multiplayer components, I'll soil yours too.
I don't need a remaster. Just give me the trilogy on Switch. That's it. It's literally the only thing from EA that I want.
Not exactly cryptic. It will be released on other consoles first.
What could you possibly need to "HD remaster" concerning Mass Effect?
Those games ran very "HD" on PC from the beginning.
For the first time in years, EA may do something right on a Nintendo system.
@mesome713 it's only "oversaturation" if we're talking the same gamers who have already owned and beaten the games before. In reality, while the added convenience and nostalgic value can leave some of them in the market, they are usually the last segment of this market remasters, ports and collections target. The video game audience doesn't end with any of us, and there are evergrowing numbers of people who haven't experienced the original incarnations - it's not "same-same" content to them by definition.
@dewokkel ignore Mesome713; he’s just a lame little troll who says anything at the top of his head without thinking. In layman’s terms- he’s deluded fool and an immature child at that.
@Elvie The first two games are amongst the best action-RPGs of the last 15 years, with each offering a glimpse into a transition of Bioware skills from more RPG-only to story-drivin-RPG-shooter. Even not playing #3 (which is still honestly better than many, many other games, just disappointing given the setup) the first two are absolutely worth playing. To be clear - if you consider yourself an RPG fan but haven't played these ... you aren't.
Mass Effect and Dead Space, please! Oh, and Jedi Fallen Order!
To be honest Mass effect had it's time, it was solid for the most part and is readily available still for anyone interested. How about something new EA? Just for Switch.
Or perhaps a Command and conquer game on Switch.
I stopped caring after the second game. Loved the original so much that I played it 5 times to completion. The second one disappointed me greatly.
then if it's not releasing day one on switch like it should, they can stick it up their ***. I'm so tired of "oh let's release x game but the switch version is gonna be a year later and full price huehuehue"
Switch has close to 60m units, if it's not enough for your company to do an effort and treat it like a console, don't release anything on it.
If this is announced for switch, but doesn't come out day and date with the other versions, I will actually not be happy.
@Casual_Gamer95 They know that people will buy two versions to play it portably. Which is why the switch versions get delayed.
Remember when EA released ME3 on the WiiU the same time it released the ME Collections on the other systems for cheaper? That was a giant middle finger to Nintendo fans.
And ME3's ending was total garbage. The best part about ME3 was the multi-player. That was a riot.
Well, I'd like to see things like the squad management improvements from PC being brought over to the console version for instance. I already played the 1st one to death of course on PC, but the games are good enough to warrant those half a dozen playthroughs.
I’ll happily pay any price to get the whole trilogy on Switch, no matter when it comes out. Put it out a year later and charge 60 bucks for each individual game and I’ll still buy it with a smile on my face. Maybe I’m a sucker, but I REALLY want portable Mass Effect.
Of course EA decides to put the console with 55 million units as their last priority
I've never played the Mass Effect series, but I'd certainly be willing to give it a spin if it makes the Switch.
That is the only EA game I would buy. All 3 Mass Effect games are great. I even like the ending.
@Hagemaru knowing EA, if it's released at all it'll be on a 1gb card with just the training level or intro video and the rest to be downloaded
Mass Effect Trilogy
not at launch? ok well i'm gonna get Borderlands, Bioshock and The Outer Worlds for now lmao another L for EA
i mean, why is EA even bothering to say they're gonna support Switch if it's with the same continuing half-assed attitude about it?
@Impaler-D Dragon Age, I forgot all about those games! Maybe they should bring those out for Switch also or instead. I absolutely loved the first, didn't finish the 2nd and whatever came after, im sure they made a third didnt they?
I had only play Mass Effect 3 on the Wii U so if this does come I'll keep my eyes on it.
@Tyranexx With multiplayer, you'd better! Squad up with my Batarian and hunt some Banshees!!
This actually sounds like it won't come to the Switch unless other over priced ports they try and shovel down our throats, sell well.
Well they can take this and all their games and go spit.
@HobbitGamer Will do, if this rumor is to be believed!
I'm under the impression that you might like Mass Effect.
Since when does "Don't expect it to come out on switch, " this quote makes a switch version sound rather unlikely. Hardly rumoured, even with the next sentence. Which, to me looks like an "but plans can change" phrase hedging his claims.
Wasn't it already HD?
I will be so sad if this skips Switch. Mass Effect 3 may not have sold well on Wii U, but that’s mostly because nothing sold well on Wii U.
@Bunkerneath Yeah that would totally put me off unless the entire game is on the physical cartridge(s). Have the original Mass Effect downloaded on my PS3 and I'm sure it's over 10gb, the other games must be bigger file sizes too.
@Elvie still worth playing. It is about the journey not the destination.
@Impaler-D @Tale @Dezzy @BlackenedHalo @MBII @txa1265 @LaFway @Varkster You all, more or less, seem to be unanimous about this, so I guess the games, especially the first two, must really be worth it.
I'll probably pick up it at some point but I got a lot of other games to try out so I'm going to wait on this.
@ecco6t9 South Park?
I will buy this one day one ONLY if all three games are on the game card. At the very least give us a standard edition that required a download and a special edition with all three games.
So you're taking a rumor that clearly says "Just don’t expect that to also launch on Switch" and twisting it for this joke of an article?
I'd play this just for the ME3 multiplayer. It was so good. Andromeda's was garbage by comparision
@Elvie It is brilliant. I played and completed ME 3 on Wii U. I enjoyed every moment including the end and pumped hours into its highly engaging online multiplayer. ME, ME2 and ME3 are all highly rated. I will definitely, without a doubt purchase this trilogy.
@OmegaDestroyer Never had an issue with the ending myself, I enjoyed it. The single player is a brilliant experience and the multiplayer is brilliant too.
@FargusPelagius It needs a HD remaster and a new, expanded audience should also be able to experience the games brilliance.
This is fan service at its best.
ME1 was a good game albeit hamstrung with awkward gunplay (a dead-on headshot can miss because the game rolled a virtual dice and decided your aim stat wasn’t high enough). Other than that, it set the template and had some good exploration.
ME2 was a god-tier game where everything just worked perfectly and it concluded with a fantastic and epic final mission. All the oddities from the first game were fixed and the game hardly ever puts a foot wrong.
ME3 wasn’t just bad because of the ending, that was just the cherry on the turd. In every way I felt it failed to live up to the first two. The gameplay was almost entirely combat, gone were the nuances like hacking a droid to take out your enemies. There was only one hub area compared to the 4-5 in ME2, key characters were just killed off screen, there were virtually no side missions- just map scanning, many missions were just repurposed multiplayer levels, the final mission was a drab and uninspired shootout, there were virtually no character dialog trees, the plot revolved around some magical device to make the problem go away, etc, etc.
ME3 was such a huge letdown, it’s clear that EA really is a parasite that destroys every studio it touches.
That's not even slightly cryptic haha. Anyway, I still have yet to complete the second one on my ps3. I will definitely get round to it, but it hasn't gripped me as much as the first one. The convoluted business with limited travel and trying to figure out which galaxies to fly from to get to an unactive relay, meaning you won't miss loads of stuff is annoying. I can't find a chart of where to fly from or a map on the net, for some reason. The first was simple, you could go anywhere and everything levels with you.
Well, making it portable would be a huge factor for me. I just can't stand sitting (see what I did there? Honestly, I got this silly joke from the game "the Lion's Song") in front of a tv for hours upon hours, or picking up a game where I left off after a break of a few days / weeks. As always with these "HD remasters", a Switch version is what makes the most sense to me in the first place.
The Wii U version of ME3 made the LEAST sense. I mean, the last game of a trilogy, on a system that doesn't have the others, for a crowd that probably didn't play the other, at full price, when other systems got the trilogy at a lower price already... And then it was "Nintendo gamers don't want ME on Wii U".
The first two games will be digital comic book format and on the cart. The 3rd game is a code in the box.
I know I'm joking, but does anyone else feel like that's the state of these big AAA companies?
@liveswired it's already HD, it needs remaking with new effects and lighting perhaps, and flesh out the world with more missions and stories. I think what's already available still stands up fine for anyone interested in a sci fi RPG.
@GrailUK lmao, that made me chuckle, I wouldn't put it past EA to pull that one. Then they'd charge 49.99 and say it took alot of thought and effort to tailor the games to Switch. Comic on a cart.
I actually enjoyed Mass effect 3 special edition on Wii U, course I was gutted the trilogy came out soon after and EA ditched. But it at least made me go back and try the first two on PC and Xbox for about £4 a game. So they kind of did well out of it after all, the gits.
I liked playing remasters at first, but now I am sick of them.
Either port the game as it was and sell it super cheap, or give me a new game.
@Elvie The series itself is amazing. The trilogy is a game that you really don't wanna miss. However, the last 15mins of the game are a disappointing mess. If it wasn't for that, there wouldn't be an outcry, still the series is something you don't wanna miss
Remaster is a false term, this will no doubt be a port. Hopefully ME3 multiplayer remains intact.
I'm a huge Mass Effect fan (haven't played Andromeda yet) and I found that some people were way too harsh on the trilogy's ending (s). It was still satisfying in terms of resolving the most excellent "space opera" that is Mass Effect. Each to his own, but people are fickle.
God I hope this comes to the Switch; I'll buy it in a "mass relay" split second.
Dunno if I'd be so sure of that. For one there's been some whispers the PS5 may be pushed into 2021. Rumors are rumors though.
Add to that the Covid junk and the high price these boxes are going to come in at and I wouldn't be surprised to see both pushed into 2021. Not even manufacturing issues; just the fact that so many lost jobs the sales will be abysmal.
But then again if they only release like a million then they'll sell out no matter what price.
This what I don't understand. Mass Effect Trilogy has already had a HD release, so wasn't that considered a "HD remastered" by definition?
I enjoyed the story of the first 2 Mass Effect games, but I didn't care for the gameplay. After the end of Mass Effect 3, I stopped caring about the franchise as a whole.
I already have all 3 games in HD, so I'm not going to buy them again in HD unless its on the Switch for the portability.
Since this is EA we’re talking about, I fully expect this trilogy remaster to have each game sold separately for $60 each and a bundle containing all 3 for the low, low price of $180.
@Elvie The ending delivers just fine so long as you have the Extended Cut DLC installed (which presumably will be baked into this release.) It may not be perfect, but it's fine — and remember, journey before destination. And oh, what a journey it is.
Just keep these in mind:
1) You cannot save everyone.
2) Some things are worth dying for.
@Kang81 Mass Effect Trilogy was sold not so long after ME3 came out, it was $60 for all three titles and their pack-in DLCs, but did not inlcude most DLC (which totaled an extra $111 across all three titles on XBox, with cheaper bundles or more packed-in (or missing) DLC reducing the total cost of all DLC on PC and PSN, and which now can be bought in bundles on Origin for $25 (ME2) + $30 (ME3) with ME1's DLC included in both Steam and Origin versions free. (Also both DLC bundles are on sale for under ten bucks right now.)
Considering the current pricing and sales-of-indeterminate-length of the DLC on PC right now, I expect a remastered trilogy to have all DLC baked in, not just price-included, at a $60 price point. And I expect it will do gangbusters.
The only real question is if it will inlclude Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer or not, and if that will have the original pack-selling microtransactions or not. I expect the answer to be yes to both, and hope it is at least yes to the first.
@Investor9872 There is no 4k-friendly release of the Commander Shepard Trilogy, only Andromeda received has that treatment so far. The Mass Effect Trilogy release just put all the discs and their pack-in DLC in a single product, and the only current-gen console it's playable on is XBox One via backwards compatibility. This Remaster would presumably bring the Trilogy to Playstation 4 as well as XBox One without Emulation, as well as the Switch, and I wouldn't be shocked if it also shows up on PS5 and XBSX as well.
Most important of those being, of course, the Switch release.
Also we can reasonably expect it to include all of the DLC of all three games (except possibly Pinnacle Station due to lost/corrupted source code) instead of that costing an extra $50-100 bucks.
@Funkyflab I strongly recommend you pick up Andromeda on sale and give it a spin. If you go in without expecting too much, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Just keep in mind MEA is for Ryder what Shanxi/Torfan/the Skyllian Blitz was for Shepard.
@HobbitGamer If you need a Geth Juggernaut or a Volus Mercenary on your team, give me a shout!
I’d like to think so, but don’t forget about that Switch tax, which is even more when EA is involved. ha
If it is announced though, I hope it is a worthwhile remaster and not a lazy one.
I don't need a HD remastered ME: trilogy on switch I just want the normal version that runs well on switch. I prefer a solid framerate over pretty updated graphics any day.
@Elvie Maybe you should judge for yourself instead of blindly listen to what other people say. Nonetheless the ending is a bit anti-climactic it is still an awesome game to play through. The later added citadel dlc made up for a lot of it too.
So go play it yourself instead of listen to the so called fans that are still butthurt over it.
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