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?
Patrick 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.
I’ve always found it strange that EA didn’t explore this avenue at all, what with almost every other game company tossing recycled versions of their games onto store shelves. It seems to run counter to the previous “business first, fun second” model EA followed a handful of years ago, given the cost in updating many older titles is lower, compared to developing a new game, and can offer a pretty large return.
That said, it’s nice to see them take their time on this and not exploit the fans in any way. I’ve always insisted that this pattern of rereleasing games isn’t healthy for the industry… but if you hand me a remastered copy of the Mass Effect Trilogy on PS4, i’ll hand you any amount of money you want.