Mass Effect: Legendary Edition: So much effort has gone into the new graphics

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition: So much effort has gone into the new graphics

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The Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be released in exactly one month. To get in the mood for the release, developer Bioware has published another blog post, including a new trailer and fresh images. After the last post was about the many game improvements, this time everything revolves around the revised graphics. Bioware has made numerous technical changes for the new edition of the acclaimed Shepard trilogy in order to spruce up the appearance of the remaster version.


Mass Effect: Legendary Edition: Trailer with graphic comparison loadVideoPlayer (' 83715 ',' & sAdSetCsategory = article_featured ', 12, '16: 9', false, 1370251, false, 276968, 260, false, 0, '', '', false); Mass Effect: Legendary Edition from 69.99 € According to the developers, 30,000 textures alone have been revised, sharpened and extrapolated. The first part of the series in particular should benefit greatly from this, after all, it was originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2007 and was initially designed for an output of 720p. The new edition, on the other hand, should support resolutions up to 4K. The lighting in many cut scenes has also been improved, and new effects such as additional particles and reflective surfaces have been added.

Graphics comparison: Original vs. Legendary Edition Mass Effect (2007) Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (2021) Full HD Comparison

With all changes, Bioware also wants to be careful not to falsify the look of the original games. Although some things, such as the character models, should now feel like one piece in all games, special features in the character design - such as scars, clothing and the like - will be retained as in the originals. Details such as hair and skin have also been revised, and the developers have ironed out many optical errors, bugs and inconsistencies in the design of the surroundings.

The rendered intermediate sequences have been replaced by new 4K versions, if possible; the remaining videos were extrapolated by an AI based on the uncompressed original files. Some of the particularly barren environments are also to be given new details.

Graphics comparison: Original vs. Legendary Edition Mass Effect (2007) Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (2021) Full HD comparison

Mass Effect Remastered: More than just a graphics upgrade

In addition to the 4K rejuvenation treatment, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (buy now 69.99 € / 53.99 €) should also offer some playful detail improvements . Here, too, the first part was in the foreground for Bioware, because it has aged significantly worse than Mass Effect 2 and 3. Among other things, the developers have revised the combat system, so that the action should feel more tangible and direct. The cover mechanics have also been tweaked and the UI has been adapted for all three games. According to Bioware, the notorious Mako should now steer itself much better, the vehicle has new boosters, a more precise cannon and more dead weight.

We have summarized all the details about the playful revisions for you here.

Graphics comparison: Original vs. Legendary Edition Mass Effect (2007) Mass Effect: Legendary Edition (2021) Full-HD comparison

Date and price

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will be released on May 14, 2021 for PC (Steam and Origin), PS4 and Xbox One. The price on consoles is around 70 euros, the PC version is ten euros cheaper. For this you get the complete trilogy about Commanders Shepard including (almost) all DLCs. The fan-unpopular Mass Effect: Andromeda is not included. You can already pre-order Mass Effect: Legendary Edition on the official site.

Sources: Bioware, Playstation Blog

'Mass Effect Legendary Edition' comparison trailer shows off the upgrades


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