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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Gets May Release Date & Will Have Dozens of Changes

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition has a new trailer that gives us a better look at an updated trilogy of classics and an official release date. EA and BioWare’s Mass Effect trilogy arrives on May 14 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X | S will offer backward compatibility for it. Mass Effect Legendary Edition comes with support for 4K Ultra HD and HDR on compatible consoles, as well as enhanced performance across the board. Plus, more than 40 pieces of single-player DLC will be available to access. You can watch the trailer for a better look at this updated take on all three classics below.

Per The Verge, Mass Effect Legendary Edition has improved load times and visuals, especially in Mass Effect 1. Most notably, elevator rides, which were originally notorious for masking long load times, will be faster, and visuals in the original game (particularly in the opening area, Eden Prime) have been drastically overhauled. The Verge specifically says that textures in Mass Effect 1 will now resemble material as originally intended, with “eyelashes like spider legs or potato-shaped heads” now looking “sleek” in Mass Effect Legendary Edition.

Meanwhile, IGN confirms that the game is running on Unreal Engine 3 and reveals that class-based aim penalties have been removed in the remaster of Mass Effect 1. So for example, the Vanguard class can now effectively use sniper rifles. One negative for longtime fans, however, is that the collection does not support multiplayer, meaning Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode will not be present.

BioWare has reportedly fixed “hundreds” of bugs in the original games for the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, resulting in myriad improvements. You can see more comparisons on the game’s official website.

Unfortunately, EA and BioWare have not expressed any explicit intention to release a Nintendo Switch version of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, but they are not ruling the possibility out.

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