A Mass Effect trilogy remaster collection has been in the rumour mill for the better part of 2020, and it’s a rumour that just won’t let up. We’ve been hearing about it quite a lot of late, with GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb in particular having leaked (quite conclusively) that it’s definitely a thing that’s supposed to launch later this year, and speaking recently on the GamesBeat podcast (which you can view below), he spoke about the matter once more.
Grubb says that until very recently, the plan at EA was to announce the trilogy remaster in early October and release it later that month, though it’s possible that – owing to the kind of year 2020 has been so far with its constantly shifting plans and multitude of delays – EA could decide to push the release back.
“Up until like this last week, I know the plan for sure was to announce it in early October, release it late October,” Grubb said. “It’s 2020, maybe that could start to slip. It sounds like maybe that’s a possibility. Nothing for sure yet.”
“It’s real,” he added. “I know it’s real, I’ve seen more than enough evidence to know it’s real. But it’s still 2020, and they haven’t announced it yet.”
Grubb continued that EA is internally positioning Mass Effect Trilogy as its big $60 Holiday release for the year, and so he’s still “pretty confident” that the game will be out in October as intended. Though it’s possible that the game could still get delayed, Grubb says that that’s “not a guarantee yet”, and based on what he heard about it last, it’s still due out this October.
“[Star Wars] Squadrons is a $40 game, and I think they were planning for the Mass Effect trilogy to be this other big thing for $60 this Holiday,” he said. “So that’s why I’m pretty confident that it’ll make it out. But with everything else falling apart across the board, I could see them also wanting to just delay. But that’s not for sure. That’s not a guarantee yet. That hasn’t even been decided yet, it just seems like a possibility that’s on the table. But last I heard, [it was] October.”
Grubb also spoke about the nature of the remaster, discussing whether it would be an ambitious remake effort or more of a typical remaster upgrade, and he says that based on what he’s hear, it’s probably going to be the latter.
“People always ask me, ‘is this gonna be like a full remake, or is it going to be more like an upgrade?'” he said. “I don’t know that for sure, but I would probably lean towards upgrade. When I asked around about this, that was kind of the vibe I was getting, and I think that’s what people should expect for sure.”
There’s no shortage of people who would want nothing more than seeing the original Mass Effect trilogy being remastered, so let’s hope EA announces and releases it in October as Grubb is suggesting. For now, it’s all up in the air, so don’t take anything as confirmation until we have official word. Stay tuned until then, and we’ll keep you updated on any new details that come our way.