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BioWare releases new Cinematic Trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda; ME2 and ME3 added to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

November 7th is N7 Day, a day BioWare sets aside to celebrate the Mass Effect franchise and the loyal fans that make up its vast community. This year, the developer is gearing up for the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda, so they’ve used N7 Day 2016 to unveil a brand new Cinematic Trailer for the game.

Mass Effect: Andromeda will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in Spring 2017.

In other N7 Day news, Microsoft has added Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 to the Xbox One’s Backwards Compatibility list. So if you own either game for your Xbox 360, you can now play them on your Xbox One.

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EA VP says a Mass Effect Trilogy remaster is “most likely” in the works at Gamescom

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Believe it or not, but Electronic Arts is the only major publisher yet to release a remaster of one of their games from the PS3/360 era on the PS4 or Xbox One. But that might all change very soon.

Speaking to Game Informer at a pre-Gamescom event, Patrick Soderlund, EA’s Executive Vice President, revealed the company will “most likely” release a Mass Effect Trilogy remaster in the near future:

Game Informer: One of the things I asked you last year when we sat down at E3 was about Mass Effect. At the time, there were two publishers that hadn’t really dipped into the remaster world: you and Activision. Activision has since released a number of remasters or ports, and now they are working on a full-on remaster for MW. Revisiting this as the last man standing on remasters, has anything changed? Like a Mass Effect trilogy remaster?

Soderlund: 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.

Obviously, Soderlund didn’t officially announce a remastered re-release of the Mass Effect Trilogy just yet. In an impressive display of verbal gymnastics, he even managed to sidestep the entire franchise by not actually using the words “Mass Effect” in his statement. However, with Mass Effect: Andromeda set to launch in early 2017, now would be a great time to revisit the franchise’s first three chapters.

Mark me down as someone who won’t be surprised if a remastered edition of the Mass Effect Trilogy is released for the PS4 and Xbox One sometime soon.

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BioWare might bring the Mass Effect Trilogy to PS4, Xbox One

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Aaron Flynn, the General Manager of BioWare Montreal, recently took to Twitter to confirm that the developer has thought about bringing the Mass Effect trilogy to the PS4 and/or the Xbox One:

The Mass Effect trilogy has spread far and wide in recent years, so it’s a bit hard to remember that the game was originally an Xbox 360 exclusive published by Microsoft. But after EA’s purchase of BioWare, the franchise expanded to the PC, PS3, and the Wii U. So a PS4 or Xbox One port wouldn’t be entirely unprecedented. Developers talk about remakes and re-releases all the time. Especially when new consoles become available. But the timing of Flynn’s reply is especially interesting. The original question was asked on December 9, which was 82 days ago. What reason would Flynn have for answering that question now? Especially when all eyes are currently focused on the officially announced Mass Effect 4.

But to paraphrase someone who probably paraphrased Freud, sometimes a tweet is just a tweet.

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EA: Online Passes now available “free of charge”

EAlogoContinuing their efforts to do away with their Online Pass program, Electronic Arts has removed the restriction from many of their EA Sports title and made the Online Pass content/multiplayer features for many other games available for free.

Speaking to CVG, an EA representative had this to say about the end of the company’s Online Pass program: “Players will see it first with some EA Sports titles, where a prompt to enter an Online Pass code will no longer appear in-game; with other titles we are simply making Online Passes available free of charge online. These are rolling updates that are taking effect over the next several weeks. We hope players continue to enjoy our games and online services for a long time to come.”

A NeoGAF user has noticed that EA Online Passes are now available as free downloads on the Xbox Live Marketplace for the following games:

  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Bulletstorm
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Dragon Age II
  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Medal of Honor
  • Shift 2: Unleashed
  • Skate 3

Presumably, this content will be available for free on the PlayStation Network and PC download services soon.

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Sony adds nine more Ultimate Editions to PS Store

Sony is expanding their line of “Ultimate Editions” today with nine new game + downloadable content bundles. Each Ultimate Edition includes a downloadable version of the original game along with all DLC currently available. And for this week only (today until November 26), each Ultimate Edition has been discounted by up to 66% (up to 73% for PlayStation Plus subscribers).

So which games made the cut for the second wave of Ultimate Editions? Check ’em out…

Alice: Madness Returns
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $31.97
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $39.99
PSN Price: $27.99 ($22.39 for PlayStation Plus members)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $53.99
PSN Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $50.46
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Homefront
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $58.95
PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Mass Effect 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $49.96
PSN Price: $34.99 ($27.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Red Faction: Armageddon
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $43.95
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Saints Row 2
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $36.97
PSN Price: $24.99 ($19.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine
Total Value of the Game With All DLC: $79.97
PSN Price: $29.99 ($23.99 for PlayStation Plus members)

Sony has also announced another PSN rebate offer, so if you spend $60 on the PlayStation Store this week, they’ll send you a $10 PSN Voucher in December.

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Not all DLC included with Mass Effect Trilogy

Those of you hoping to obtain the complete Mass Effect trilogy (including DLC) by purchasing the Mass Effect Trilogy are going to be out of luck. An FAQ on BioWare’s website has confirmed that most of the DLC expansions from the three games will not be included in the compilation.

The PC edition of the Mass Effect Trilogy will include Mass Effect‘s DLC expansions, “Bring Down the Sky” and “Pinnacle Station,” on the disc. The Xbox 360 edition will not include these expansions but players will be able to purchase them from the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Both editions of the Trilogy will include Mass Effect 2‘s Cerberus Network, which grants access to “Zaeed: The Price of Revenge,” the “Firewalker Pack,” “Cerberus Assault Gear,” the “Arc Projector” weapon, and the “Normandy Crash Site” mission. The game’s many other DLC expansions, including “Arrival,” will not be included in the Mass Effect Trilogy.

Finally, Mass Effect 3‘s Online Pass for online multiplayer will be included in both the PC and Xbox 360 packages, but all other DLC will have to be purchased separately.

Any decisions on which DLC expansions will be included with the PS3 edition have yet to be made.

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Mass Effect Trilogy coming to PC, Xbox 360 in November; PS3 release coming later

By now, you’ve probably heard a lot of people call the Mass Effect franchise the “Star Wars Trilogy of Video Games.” But are you one of the many who has bypassed the series up to this point? If so, does EA have a deal for you.

The publisher has announced they’ll be packaging together the three games of the series as the Mass Effect Trilogy on November 6. Initially available only on the PC and Xbox 360, a PS3 version will be available “at a later date.” The first game in the series was never released on the PS3, so this Trilogy re-release means Mass Effect will finally make its way to Sony’s system. A separate PSN download of the game will also be available on this “later date.”

The Mass Effect Trilogy will be available for $59.99 and should be great preparation for EA’s first annual “N7 Day,” a November 7 celebration of all things Mass Effect.

Hopefully We’ll find out exactly what happens on “N7 Day” soon.

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Bought Dragon Age II? Get Mass Effect 2 for PC free

It’s been out just about a month now, but Dragon Age II has apparently been a rousing success, because BioWare and EA are celebrating in a pretty big way. Between now and April 30, purchasers of Dragon Age II on any of the three platforms it released for can get a free PC download of one of 2010’s (and perhaps 2011 if you’re playing it on PS3 for the first time) best games, Mass Effect 2. There’s only one real downer to the party, however; the free download doesn’t include the Cerberus Network, which cuts off the free DLC that comes with purchased copies.

Getting it is a simple task – just visit BioWare’s Dragon Age portal, and follow the instructions. All you have to really do is make sure you’ve redeemed your Black Emporium “online pass” and you’ll be ready to adventure with Commander Shepard and company… for the great cost of zero dollars.

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