The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition
Rumors of a remaster of the original Mass Effect trilogy have been circling amongst the gaming community for a pretty long time now. Bioware’s two most recent games – Mass Effect: Andromeda and Anthem– received lukewarm reactions at best. It seems like a remaster or remake of the Mass Effect trilogy- one of their most successful franchises– could be a step in the right direction for the company if handled and executed well.
Despite no mention of a remake or remaster of the trilogy in the EA Play 2020 conference last month, hints at a return of Bioware’s sci-fi epic has been further suggested with the sudden appearance of an extended Mass Effect art book available for pre-order on various online sites where books are sold. The book- titled “The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition” has a release date of February 23rd, 2021. This release date suggests that something Mass Effect related may be coming around the same time in 2021.
Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect: Andromeda was released in March in 2012 and 2017 respectively, further suggesting that a remaster or remake may well be on its way in March time to accompany the art book release. Another suggestive factor is that art books are usually released alongside or just before their corresponding game or film is released. I actually own the original “The Art of the Mass Effect Universe” book and it released in February 2012, a month before Mass Effect 3. Coincidence? I think not! Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. These hints line up well with a new release but some information has to be taken with a grain of salt. That being said, as a huge fan of the Mass Effect series, I sincerely hope this is more than just a random release or coincidence.
Have a read of the description of the upcoming art book for a little more info on what to expect:
“Expanded with hundreds of never before seen works of art, this new edition delves deeper than ever into the sci-fi saga that changed video games forever.
Contains extensive new material from the DLCs for all three games–including the award-winning “Lair of the Shadow Broker” from Mass Effect 2 and the fan-favorite “Citadel” from Mass Effect 3.
Experience the evolution of the aliens, planets, ships, and technology that define this iconic science fiction universe, as the developers who brought BioWare’s masterpiece to life take you from the earliest design sketches through to the meticulous final renders.
Brimming with concept art and commentary, this expanded edition is the ultimate companion to one of the greatest series in the history of gaming!”