These days, you don’t have to look very hard to find news of the latest video game re-release, as publishers race to remaster their old games and launch them once more for current generation hardware. Nearly every publisher in the industry has hopped on the remaster bandwagon, save for one hold out: Electronic Arts. That may all be changing soon, with EA indicating that it’s considering remastering the lauded Mass Effect trilogy.
In a Game Informer interview from Gamescom, EA Studios executive Vice President Patrick Soderlund suggested that the company has changed its previous stance on remasters. Once upon a time, Electronic Arts thought its resources were put to better use by focusing on new and current IP instead of remastering and re-releasing games from its past. However, thanks to the success other publishers have enjoyed by remastering older titles, EA is reconsidering that position.
“The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it,” Soderlund said, pointing out that remasters of games like those in the Mass Effect trilogy are something fans have been requesting. “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 suggested that if EA does decide to remaster some of its older games, it isn’t going to do so halfheartedly. He pointed to the sheer number of remasters out there at the moment, recognizing that while some publishers have done their remasters really well, there are others who haven’t. Essentially, if EA is going to commit to doing remasters, Soderlund wants it done right.
The Mass Effect trilogy is still relatively recent – Mass Effect 3 is only four years old – but I recently began another playthrough of the original Mass Effect and it is a little rough around the edges here in 2016. Provided EA can do it well, a remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy could be wildly successful, so we’ll have to see what Soderlund and his team decide to do from here.
SOURCE: Game Informer