The developers from Bioware have participated in an interview with PCGamer dedicated to the upcoming Mass Effect Legendary Edition.
During the chat with the journalists, the team mentioned looking at some fan-created mods from Nexus early on during the development of the remaster, in particular the incredibly popular graphical upgrades for the trilogy A Lot of Textures & A Lot of Videos.
“We knew we could go in and hit base-level AI up-res on all the textures and receive the same amount of visual upgrade or even more than the mods because we have a lot of advantages they don’t have,” said the Environment director Kevin Meek. “We get to work on the uncompressed source, full-resolution textures. Whereas what they have, it’s been crunched down, it’s been compressed, it’s put onto a disc, and then they up-res off that.”
The developers also looked at certain mods that had no relation to graphics to gauge players’ interest in some other parts of the game: new customization for Commander Shepard, additional casual outfits, the restoration of cut content, and even the addition of the same-sex romances to Mass Effect 2.
“Things like that, they kind of helped give us again a bit more confidence. Yeah, it is worth it to spend a little bit of time to create some new hair options and some new clothing options.” – said Mac Walters, project director at Bioware.
Check out the original interview by following the link above for more details.
About Mass Effect Legendary Edition:
Relive the legend of Commander Shepard in the highly acclaimed Mass Effect trilogy with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Includes single-player base content and over 40 DLC from Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 games, including promo weapons, armors, and packs – remastered and optimized for 4K Ultra HD.
The updated trilogy launches May 14 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with forward compatibility and targeted enhancements on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5, as well as on PC via Origin and Steam.