EA has just enjoyed a very successful quarter according to the company's latest earnings report — and the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition played a big part in that. The remastered collection launched back in May, and EA says that it's sold "well above" expectations up until this point.
"The launch of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, the remaster of the first three Mass Effect games, reignited the passion of fans around the world, driving sales performance well above our expectations," CEO Andrew Wilson stated during the earnings call.
The report doesn't provide any clear numbers, but EA certainly sounds happy with Legendary Edition's performance. The publisher had always seemed unsure about remastering the original Mass Effect trilogy, but fans had been asking for such a collection since the start of the PlayStation 4 generation. All told, we're not really surprised that it ended up selling so well. Of course, it also helps that Legendary Edition presents a fantastic overall remaster of three great games.
Did you buy Mass Effect Legendary Edition? Did you expect it to do well? Hop back aboard the Normandy in the comments section below.
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I bought it and had an absolute blast with it. I'm also not surprised it sold well. I'm still blown away by the sheer scope of the trilogy to this day. Bioware got a win here, I hope they can keep the momentum going into Dragon Age and eventually the next Mass Effect.
Enough to warrant a Dragon Age legendary? please?
they forecast sales of 10 million for mass effect andromeda so maybe more realistic expectations this time
Got it on day one, absolutely loved it(after bouncing off ME3 on the pc years ago).
I’m even playing Andromeda now, which I’d never even considered playing previously. Maybe there is some hope for a 60 FPS patch now…
Just like jedi fallen order. They are surprised when a critically acclaimed single player game can be profitable?
The interesting thing this time around with ME3 is you see some people saying they can't remember why they were so mad at it last time.
Hopefully this isn't just a fad for EA though, and they properly get going with single player games again.
I hope this makes EA and BioWare do Dragon Age 1 and 2 Remastered because I feel like that's easy money again.
Also I loved playing all 3 of these games back to back to back. Did a Paragon Run first in 2 weeks, now I just have to do a full Renegade playthrough.
I hope this means a Dragon Age Legendary Edition is on the cards to fill in the gap before the release of Dragon Age 4. I also hope that the success of the release makes them realise not every game needs to have massive open worlds filled with fetch quests, cough Inquistuion/Andromeda cough. Give me a DA:O or ME2 style hub areas and I'll be happy!
Great do Dragon Age then
I know I'm beating a dead horse, but it's fun, take two should take notice and release max payne trilogy hd remaster the remake part 2 the sequel prequel-sequel.....version 2.0
I always did think 3 got done dirty. Personally I go back and forth between 2 and 3 when people ask which one I like the best. Especially when you count in the DLC because the Citadel DLC in definitely my favorite.
I’m not surprised. These games aren’t my thing but the upgrade these remasters have from the originals is significant to put it mildly. And the reason it’s done so well is quite obvious too, single player offline campaign games are king and always will be
@Korgon I'm inclined to agree.
Originally the ending for 3 was pretty short, but then they filled it out and I was pretty happy after that. But yes, I go back and forth between 2 and 3 too. I don't know if I could choose which one I like more.
@Shepherd_Tallon I remember not liking ME3 the first time around because Bioware overhyped the choices from the previous games and how they tie into the endings you get. Now I'm not a teenager, I realise how ridiculous it would be to pull that stuff off. I think they should have dampened people's expectations but playing through ME3 now, knowing what I'm actually getting, I still think it's the weakest in the trilogy but it's a good conclusion to one of the best trilogies out there.
@AinsleyE Yeah I think that's fair. You could definitely argue that they hyped it too much. For me it didn't bother me so much, because it wasn't the ending to the Reaper storyline that I was in it for, but for all of the other side campaigns and their endings, and all of that was very satisfying for me.
The ending of the main Reaper plot was just a victory lap after all of that.
I remember at the start of last generation of consoles when EA said they won't be doing remakes or remaster... But here we are today.
I wonder if the success of this drove them to greenlight the Dead Space remake.
@Shepherd_Tallon I get that. I thought the game handled its original characters well, but the ME2 characters' stories left a lot to be desired for me personally (apart from Mordin obviously!). And I was pretty invested in the Reaper plot since the beginning, the writing in ME1 is so damn good, it's hard not to care. So when ME3 came along and they suddenly discover plans for The Crucible, it felt like a cheap throughline for the main story to follow. Still, if someone said 3 was their favourite in the trilogy I wouldn't argue with them, there are a lot of great moments. For me, it's a toss between 1 and 2. I like the writing and soundtrack more in 1 but the characters more in 2.
Consumers want complete, finished experiences instead of buggy incomplete get to it later "games as a service" games instead. Go figure.
If They Do Get Around To Making a Dragon Age Collection The Only Thing That Would Make Me Dread Playing Through Origins Is The Tower Of Magi.
Hopefully EA can assign a big dev team to help develop the new game faster.
lol isn't this EA saying they're surprised the games BioWare made before EA bought them still sell way better than anything since?
@DenzelDM They Were Still Owned By EA When These Games Originally Came Out Now If This Was Baldurs Gate Or Knights Of The Old Republic Then Yeah.
@Areus right! I thought EA bought them later on. my bad
@AinsleyE That's a fair point about the characters from 2 actually. Other than Mordin, the others felt quite thin until the Citadel DLC. Some of them felt like an afterthought until that was released.
Making high quality single player experiences finally coming around to EA. Good to see.
Huh, it's almost as if people like narrative driven, single player games. 🤔
This was my first experience with Mass Effect and I was kinda blown away by the brilliance of the trilogy.. outstanding games.
EA execs like all execs are overpaid idiots. Shock horror.
@trev666 Andromeda was pretty poor with awful characters and animations.
Hi there fellow gamers.
As a Massive nass Effect fan, I bought the Legendary Edition on day one and did a full playtrough of the entire trilogy.
And it was as awesome as it was all those 7 other playtroughs
I´ve done before.
And like I´ve said in a previous post, not only Am I playing Andromeda on PC, I am also doing a Insanity, FemShep, Adept, Renegade run on the first ME. And I´m having an absolute blast.
Hopefully, this means EA learns the value of sigleplayer, story driven games made by studios that both knows and wants to make them as well as Bioware, not only making a brand new Mass Effect game, but maybe also an Adromeda sequel.
Because if the team has time, passion and resorces they can make a great game. Andromeda has potential.
And so does Bioware. I still believe in them.
Cheers, stay safe folks and happy gaming to us all
@Shepherd_Tallon - "I'm inclined to agree.
Originally the ending for 3 was pretty short, but then they filled it out and I was pretty happy after that. But yes, I go back and forth between 2 and 3 too. I don't know if I could choose which one I like more."
To be fair, I'm pretty sure the original ending for ME3 wasn't even finished (pretty sure the three tinted overlays over the one video were a placeholder that they ended up sticking with because they ran out of time or something) so it was probably a case of 'they went back and finished the ending' (But yeah, once they did that, I was fine with it).
Anyway, unlike EA, I'm not surprised the Legendary Edition is doing well; the Mass Effect trilogy is still one of the most popular collection of video games, and this remastered collection is pretty good, all things considered, so there's not much reason (outside perhaps the exclusion of ME3's MP) to pass it up.
Hey R* what about San Andreas? Are we living in a world where EA is better than you?
I absolutely loved playing the full trilogy having only played ME3 on ps3. However it’s obviously matter of perspective and everyone has different tastes.
I still thing ME3 ending is bad but in the way you chose which ending you get. Is it fine to be able to choose whatever ending in the last 10seconds with all you choices in the trilogy accounting for nothing if not for some short cutscene? I don’t think so. It’s just a feeling of choose your own ending A,B or C or D in one question whatever you did before that does not sit well with me.
ME3 is still the best package altogether especially with all the dlc. Story/character wise ME1 is my favourite. I was disappointed in ME2 after all what I heard about it especially with the relatively weak story (from my point of view).
The first version that had the same cutscenes was only a symptom. The real flaw is that at the end of the game you get
‘ok what ending do you want? ‘ in one question
A, B or C
There you go
Dragon Age Collection next please...also the OG Dead Space Trilogy too while they're at it.
As for Mass Effect, I'm not buying until $30 or cheaper.
Makes you wonder just how out of touch the execs at EA are. They probably looked at the low numbers for Andromeda and concluded that Mass Effect doesn't sell anymore. But any gamer who's actually engaged in the community and has an interest would've known a remastered trilogy is a no-brainer and would guarantee sales. I heard that the trilogy only came about because of the initiative of Mac Walters. Now the execs are blindsided by the success of this no-brainer hit. Goes to show that execs need to actually be gamers themselves for effective business decision-making.
How does the final games resources for the final attack shape up btw? There used to be an app that helped you get a good defence but it died ages ago so that is no longer an option. Do they have bolstered defence points from the get go?
@JJ2 That's interesting. I rarely hear anyone saying that they found 2 disappointing.
But I get you. I've never played Baldur's Gate because I've heard all my life that it's brilliant. I know it will never live up to decades of hype so I'll never play it.
Fair point on the ending for 3 though. I didn't think anything of it at the time, and I still have no problem with it now, but that point you made seems to be one a lot of people raise.
And completely agree on different perspectives. I'll bore anyone who'll listen to me to death trying to explain that this is all just about preferences. If more people got that it's all about perspectives and preferences, we could have interesting discussions like this more often.
Yea completely agree. From my perspective I’d rather they don’t have a kid give you a choice at the end. I’d much prefer the end makes sense according to the way you played through at least the last game. Some people will prefer different endings but it should make sense with your play through.
The one thing from ME2 I really liked and missed in 3 was having Kasumi on the ship. Was fun in the squad too.
@JJ2 For me, when I saw that kid I flashed back to an obscure piece of lore from a random planet in the first game, where some prospector had reported that he had spoken with a ghost child or something like that.
I remember thinking at the time, "well that's a bit out of left field, but okay, technically they alluded to it a few years ago..."
So I completely understand the issue people have with that.
But yeah, Kasumi was great. Her side missions were excellent too.
She always felt a little detached from the rest of the plot though as a DLC character. In fact, all of the DLC characters felt like that. Even Liara in the Shadowbroker DLC.
Took me forever but I finally played through all three games. ME1 I think saw the biggest improvements in terms of gameplay, graphics, tweaks to cover, weapon ballance and a much needed inventory management. Mako still drives like ass but it's part of the charm of ME1.
Out of all the improvement to ME1 what really sold me was all the added DLC from ME2 and ME3 that I never got to play. Almost all of it was just amazing. I'd rank them Overlord, Citadel DLC was definitely a close second. Followed by Layer of the Shadow Broker. I thought Leviathan was really good but not great. Omega was just ok and Firewaker was pointless. Loved that everything ran at 60 in 4k. And loaded in seconds on the PS5.
Oddly I didn't mind the ending to ME3 as much this time especially that I got to play with Javik for the first time, finished Leviathan and got some back story on the Reapers. Citadel was just the icing on the cake and wonderful fan service. Loved the party, silly story and arena fighting!
Just a wonderful collection of games I will continue to play for years on end! Couldn't be more happy with the purchase!
Loved all four ME games. Andromeda was underrated, I believe it had some graphic glitches when it first came out but they patched it, played the hell out of it, well worth it!
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