Just under a year ago EA seemingly dashed any hopes surrounding a Mass Effect (or any EA property) remaster. EA COO Peter Moore blasted the trend on record, saying that EA would never consider remastering their titles because it would be an admittance that they had run out of ideas. So either that has happened, or EA has just seen how lucrative this market can be. And speaking to Game Informer at Gamescom, they’re ready to start making their own.
In a full 180 from their stance on the matter last year, Executive Vice President for EA Studios Patrick Soderlund has stated that the publisher is actively looking to remaster some of their properties, and heavily hinted that Mass Effect would be one of them. The past year has allowed EA to study the remaster market, and it seems the overwhelming popularity of some has convinced them that it’s a market they can no longer ignore.
“What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. … I can’t announce anything today, but you can expect us most likely to follow our fellow partners in Activision and other companies that have done this successfully.”
He did, however, also make it clear that the right brands would need to be selected for this, and that the publisher wasn’t planning to dust off every old franchise they have stored away. But for franchises like Mass Effect (which prompted these answers in the first place), its entirely possible. But only if they’re able to make significant improvements.