The original Mass Effect trilogy is being remastered and re-released for all modern consoles. The package will include those three games and all of the DLC that ever released for them. This is a colossal bundle of content that anyone would be lucky to have just one-third of. In this guide, we’re going to cover the Mass Effect Legendary Edition release date. We’ll also go into the details about the bundle, including some you might not know about.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Release Date
Mass Effect Legendary Edition hits stores on May 14. The game will be available in a couple of different editions, with one of those being a collector’s edition with some optional physical goodies. anyone can buy the game on any storefront though. It’s coming to PC, PS4/PS5, and Xbox One/ Xbox Series X/S.
What’s in the Box?
There are three core components to this game, so let’s break it down by game.
This is the original Mass Effect game. It will be completely remastered for modern consoles and has the most striking visual difference between the original that you can see in the trilogy. T
The first game was released for Xbox 360 originally, so you can imagine how the graphics looked back then. Several technical improvements have been made to make the game easier on all players. Bugs that couldn’t be fixed back in the day are now gone. This should make it a much more pleasant experience.
This version of the game includes the Bring Down the Sky DLC. In this expansion, players are required to head to an asteroid that is now heading towards a colony planet due to some issues that have cropped up on its surface. Investigate and complete the assignments to engage in the rich storytelling.
The game’s second DLC, Pinnacle Station, is also included. This is more of a training simulation, but players will still be able to get a lot of out of it if they’re trying to squeeze as many hours as possible out of the game.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 will see a similar visual upgrade to the first game. However, because it’s a bit newer, the change won’t appear to be as drastic. The visuals should hit 4K on this game, and that’s what most players are looking for when it comes to their games these days.
Other mechanical improvements will also be included, but not as many as there are in the first game. The game’s DLC will also make the transition.
First up is Zaeed – The Price of Revenge. In this expansion, players get a new squad member who they can take out into the story with them. They also have a couple of missions associated with them, which makes it well worth having.
Kasumi – Stolen Memory is also included. This DLC sees you get another new squadmate. Their mission is one of the best in the series’ history, and very worth completing. It’s a heist that will see you robbing from an incredibly dangerous character.
Yes, This is a lot of DLC
Overlord is another interesting DLC that’s included. It’s a big story that sees you investigate a Cerberus base that’s gone dark. The tale here is darker still and will see you making some very tough choices regarding a couple of fused lifeforms.
Lair of the Shadow Broker is included. This mission DLC is regarded as the best in Mass Effect history. We won’t spoil it here.
Arrival is the final mission-related DLC that is included in the game. It’s set after the events of the main game, and sees you chase down an operative who has evidence that you need, but has gone silent out of the blue.
Of course, there are character outfit and weapon packs that are also included in the package. These will all be accessible alongside the main game and mission DLCs.
Mass Effect 3
The final game in the trilogy has perhaps the least going on for a remaster. It’s fairly recent, so all the visuals still hold up well. It will be reworked slightly to make it useable and match up with what everything looks like in the rest of the Legendary Edition.
Unfortunately, the multiplayer will not be part of this game, so a big chunk of the story is going to be missing.
In terms of DLC, that starts with From Ashes. It adds a powerful new squadmate who can be rescued over the course of the story. You’ll be heading to New Eden to grab a Prothean artifact that’s gone missing. It’s a thrilling addition to the story if you’re into that sort of thing.
Leviathan is one of the bigger Mass Effect 3 DLCs. It explores the origins of the Reapers in the midst of the game’s main story. It’s all about a creature that’s said to be so powerful that it can kill a Reaper, but no one knows what that looks like. That’s why you need to find it, unlock new areas of the Citadel, and identify whether it can help you.
Omega is another massive story DLC for the game. It’s set after the main game and sees you in the middle of a battle for Omega station. You need to wrestle it from the criminal hands of your enemy and make some tough decisions regarding its future.
The Citadel DLC is a farewell to the trilogy. It brings back characters from past games, and tells a story that engages all players, but also shows them that it’s time to move on for now.
As with Mass Effect 2, all weapon and outfit packs are also included in the Legendary edition.
Is Mass Effect Andromeda in Mass Effect Legendary Edition?
Mass Effect Andromeda is not part of Mass Effect Legendary Edition. The fans asked BioWare not to include it because they don’t deem it a true part of the core series.
Some fans disagree, but for better or worse, the game is technically a part of it. Still, it’s not going to be part of the Legendary Edition, so you’ll need to buy it separately if you want it.