It’s been a while since we’ve gotten a new Mass Effect game. Though there isn’t anything concrete yet from EA in over three years, the announcement of a new art book suggests that things might look up for those eagerly awaiting a new entry in the franchise to drop.
The Art of the Mass Effect Trilogy: Expanded Edition by Dark Horse Books was recently put up for pre-order on Amazon (via Eurogamer), and is slated to release on 23 February 2021. It will come in two versions: the physical hardcover (US$39.99) and the Kindle eBook (US$33.99).
Depicted in its 272 pages is art from all three mainline Mass Effect games from 2007 to 2012, including “extensive new material” from the likes of DLCs in Lair of the Shadow Broker from ME2, and Citadel from ME3.
Though the description didn’t mention any accidental info regarding any new game, it could be an indicator that a potential remaster for the original trilogy might be in the making. After all, developer BioWare did mention in 2019 that it is “definitely not done” with the Mass Effect franchise, and has ambitions to produce new stories based on it.
And given how the likes of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are due to launch later this year, it only makes sense to release a remastered version of one of the most iconic video game franchises in the past decade.
The last game in the franchise is Mass Effect Andromeda, which released in 2017 to middling reception.
Marion has a serious RPG addiction. Sometimes it bleeds into real life; he forgets to sleep because he thinks he has a Witcher’s body clock. Forgive him in advance if he suddenly blurts out terms such as “Mind Flayer” and “Magic Missile”, because never once does he stop thinking about his next Dungeons & Dragons game.