Please turn your Days Since the Last Mass Effect Trilogy Appearance board back to zero. The oft-rumored Mass Effect collection made ripples once again, this time on a ratings board.
Per Gematsu, the Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea has rated something called the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. No other details are readily discernible from Gematsu's report about the collection.
Those who have been following along with the whirlwind of reports around the unannounced Mass Effect collection know that the Legendary Edition name was also recently reported on. The bundle, which will reportedly bring together the first three Mass Effect games—albeit without Mass Effect 3's multiplayer—was delayed from this year out to 2021, according to VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb.
The reason for the reported delay is due to both ongoing complications due to COVID-19 and to the first game in the series, which has not aged quite as well as Mass Effect 2 and 3. It's the oldest of the bunch and played a little different from the other two, which leaned heavier into the action side of the combat.
The remaster collection has surfaced numerous times over the course of 2020, which combined with Grubb's reporting, lends some pretty concrete credence to its existence. It technically hasn't been that long since 2017's Mass Effect: Andromeda, though fans of the series have been eager to return to the story of Commander Shepard. As I wrote about for last year's N7 Day, a Mass Effect remaster is about more than nostalgia: it's a preservation of a trilogy of games that were unique to their generation.
With a new Dragon Age, a revised Anthem, and reportedly a new Mass Effect in development, that's a lot of work going on at BioWare's various studios. Still, N7 Day—Nov. 7, the unofficial-official Mass Effect remembrance day for fans—is just around the corner. Maybe an announcement isn't out of the realm of possibility.