Gamescom has been in full swing this week in Cologne, Germany and while most of the news coming out isn’t earth shattering there is something that will probably make a lot of people happy.
As Game Informer‘s Mike Fuller reports, EA may be walking back on its previous statement about not remastering old properties for the latest console generation. Specifically, the Mass Effect trilogy.
While doing an interview with Patrick Soderlund, executive vice president for EA Studios, he had this to say on the topic.
What’s changed is that there is proof in the market that people want it, maybe more than there was when we spoke. There were some that did it before, but I think there is even more clear evidence that this is something that people really want. The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it. 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.
Sounds promising, right? Well, hold on a bit. Soderlund goes on to say remasters are tricky, which we have seen first hand. While some remasters have gone on to do quite well, there are many that have fallen flat. It’s not about just slapping on a fresh coat of paint and expecting everyone to fall for it, it’s also about harnessing the power of the new generation hardware to make the remastered game an enjoyable experience. Not a frustrating one.
We have to be careful in choosing the right brands for the right reasons at the right time. A remaster is something that you can just do or do it really well. I want to make sure that if we were to do it, we would do it really well and that people feel that it’s the same game but it feels so much better in this new shape and form. There have been titles that have come out that have done it really well, and there have been others that maybe haven’t done it so well. We just want to make sure that we stay in the ‘done it really well’ camp.
Turning their attention to Andromeda, Soderland gave a little bit of information on the new property coming out in 2017.
You’ll get [your first look at gameplay] in the not too distant future. I get people want to see gameplay and I just came back from a short vacation and I played through the first three hours of the game. It’s very playable, and there is no alarm about, ‘Why aren’t they showing it?’ It’s strictly that the game will get the right type of exposure at the right time and that we can the right voice for it. Right now we’re focused on our big titles for [October through December], and when that’s done, we’ll shift to Mass Effect. You’ll see a lot more very shortly.
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