The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is expected to be released in just over a month, and the remastered trilogy’s project director Mac Walters has announced that it has turned gold. This means that there is very little chance that it will be bumped from the release date of May 14th.
Walters celebrated the occasion with a clip featuring several Mass Effect characters dancing, including memoir legend Garrus Vakarian.
When a game “turns gold”, it essentially means that its code is completed to the point where it can be placed on disks and sent. But because we live in an era of content updates and patches, it doesn’t really matter as much as it used to. BioWare could choose to replace huge amounts of game code in the future if it would change anything, but it still serves as a major milestone for developers who have been working on the project for months or years.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Teaser Trailer
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The Mass Effect Legendary Edition brings together the first three games along with enhancements to make them feel like a cohesive experience. The first game was criticized in its original state for lack of combat, and this should no longer be an issue in the redesigned version. It comes for PS4, Xbox One and PC with optimizations for the newer systems rather than dedication to next generation versions.
The first three games feature the complete story of Commander Shepard, chronicle a battle against a mysterious enemy known as the Reapers as they plan an invasion and threaten the Milky Way galaxy. The fourth game, Mass Effect: Andromeda, takes place much later and is not directly related to the first three games.
A fifth Mass Effect is also under development, although it appears to be quite early right now. A teaser suggests that it may somehow serve as a sequel to both Andromeda and the original trilogy.
Another game that also went gold this week is Nier Replicant, which is also a redesigned version of an earlier game. As with Mass Effect, the battle of the original Niers was surpassed by its successor, and Nier Replicant will implement these ideas in the original game while preserving its history.