EA may not release a remaster of the Mass Effect 3 series after all.
While at Gamescom this year, EA’s Patrick Söderlund acknowledged BioWare’s Mass Effect series was one the publisher was carefully considering. However, EA Chief Competition Officer, Peter Moore, has since told IGN that while “thousands” of people have asked if EA would remaster the acclaimed sci-fi series, the company isn’t keen on looking back to the past.
“We’re a company that is focused on delivering for the future […] It’s just not what we do,” Moore said (skip to 1 hour 16 minutes in). “We’ve got incredibly talented dev studios around the world who are focused on delivering new IP, new experiences, more and more live services.
“Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes – have a thousand people have asked me that? Yes, they have! But… no.
“We just feel like we want to go forward,” he said. “There’s a little thing called Mass Effect Andromeda that we’re totally focused on at BioWare, and it’s going to be magnificent. Anything that distracts from that… Do we have teams lying around that are doing nothing right now, that can go and…? No, we don’t! We want to focus on the future, delivering new IP and new experiences.”
Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released in Q1 2017. During E3, we were told IGN Mass Effect: Andromeda would take place “hundreds of years” after Mass Effect 3 and “important choices” made in Mass Effect 3 won’t have a meaningful impact on the new instalment.