Could Commander Shepard be coming back?
EA is one of the last big publishers in the industry that hasn’t joined in on remastering last generation’s classic titles. Remaster have become a bit of a norm this generation, with everything from The Last of Us to Darksiders, or The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker getting an updated treatment.
Game Informer recently caught up with Patrick Soderlund, the executive vice president of EA studios, at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The magazine had asked Soderlund about the company’s stance on remasters during E3 in 2015, to which he said they were focusing instead on brand new projects. During EA’s welcome event at Gamescom, GI once again posed the question to Soderlund. His response seemed quite positive on the possibility of remasters, making it seem more than likely that we could start seeing some from EA, including the Mass Effect Trilogy. Here’s the full exchange.
Game Informer: One of the things I asked you last year when we sat down at E3 was about Mass Effect. At the time, there were two publishers that hadn’t really dipped into the remaster world: you and Activision. Activision has since released a number of remasters or ports, and now they are working on a full-on remaster for MW. Revisiting this as the last man standing on remasters, has anything changed? Like a Mass Effect trilogy remaster?
Soderlund: What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.
Soderlund continued on, noting various factors that EA has to think about in terms of remastering something, and how they have to choose the right time to do so.
“A remaster is something that you can just do or do it really well. I want to make sure that if we were to do it, we would do it really well and that people feel that it’s the same game but it feels so much better in this new shape and form. There have been titles that have come out that have done it really well, and there have been others that maybe haven’t done it so well. We just want to make sure that we stay in the ‘done it really well’ camp” Soderlund says.
It definitely sounds like we could be seeing the Mass Effect trilogy again in the near future, especially with the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda coming sometime next year, it’d be the perfect time to revisit the adventures of Commander Shepard.
Do you hope we get a Mass Effect remaster? What other EA games would you like to see updated? Let us know by leaving a comment down below.
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