What the new generation of consoles really needs is loads of games we've already played to death.
That seems to be the general consensus at Big Publisher Incorporated, because yet another revamp appears to be on the cards. Rumblings suggest that the Mass Effect Trilogy is headed to PS4 and Xbox One, which begs the question: do we actually want or even need it?
Well... maybe. Perhaps BioWare will even have time to show us Tali's face, if they're not too busy raiding royalty-free image banks.
Chilean retailer Zmart listed the Mass Effect Trilogy for both next-gen consoles, spotted by CVG earlier today. This wouldn't have raised eyebrows by itself, but the store listing follows a suggestive Tweet from BioWare's “We have discussed that internally," wrote Aaryn Flynn of a potential re-release. "If we can put solid plans together we’ll share.”
All circumstantial, but exactly the sort of steady drip that eventually opens the floodgates. That's all we know for now, so I'll take off my functional News Editor bowler hat and don my florid flame-retardant personal opinion helmet. Mass Effect would end up joining the likes of Rayman Origins, Tomb Raider and The Last Of Us as returning last-gen games at a stage when we're hungry for new franchises. Do we need a shinier, prettier Mass Effect trilogy? Do we want it?
At face value, not really. BioWare are already working on the next generation of Mass Effect game, while most of us have received the closure we wanted thanks to the Director's Cut ending and outstanding Citadel trilogy. Our story is complete - usually multiple times - while newcomers can buy the original games for a tiny asking price on PC, PS3, Xbox 360 and all the associated download marketplaces. We don't need to pay out for it again at a premium price. Obviously. Erm. Unless we do.
See, the thrill of playing through the entire Mass Effect storyline has its appeal, and I don't personally know if I could resist it. I haven't replayed Mass Effect 1 in years, let alone attempted a full trilogy FemShep run to revel in Jennifer Hale's sensational voice acting (trust me, she outclasses Mark Meer at every turn), so the idea of descending back into that universe is tantalising to say the least. We'd naturally expect the DLC to be included though, especially From Ashes, which is critical to the plot. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I might be on this like a ravenous Rachni from day one... not to mention gamers who didn't experience the series the first time around!
Then again, it might make us realise that each successive game gradually worsened throughout the trilogy in several respects. The original Mass Effect is peerless, containing the most shocking twists, biggest decisions and shock, but Mass Effect 2 sidestepped the main plotline (while fumbling the biggest twist in the entire franchise!) and Mass Effect 3 mishandled the ending, all while concentrating more on action and less on the deeper RPG aspects. Not to mention cutting features like exploring planets with the Mako, rather than bothering to improve them.
And then again, again, I actually do want to spend more time with my favourite characters, from Garrus to Thane. But mainly Garrus. Manly Garrus. Mmm.
Ultimately it will come down to personal taste, your own experiences with the franchise (or lack thereof) and... frankly... whether the industry can get its arse in gear with new things for us to play. Let us know where you stand in the comments!
At least we can start running our favourite parody videos again. Starting with this one. Don't be absurd.