While EA has not officially confirmed any existence of the much-rumored Mass Effect Remaster, it seems its release is getting closer with each passing day. Several UK gamers even claimed to have already preordered the remaster of Bioware‘s sci-fi adventure.
A retail listing leak last week shows an “N7 (Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster)” entry with a September 29, 2020 release date in a store database. A Reddit user that goes by u/Waymantis assumed the leak comes from UK retailer, GAME. After hearing the news and knowing that another UK-based user managed to preorder one, they decided to do it as well.
“Naturally, as a UK resident, with a GAME nearby, I thought I’d see if there was any validity. Much to my surprise, after asking at the desk, and the attendant checking a store list on a tablet (seemingly identical to the one leaked) I was able to preorder the game. The date provided is exactly the same, Sept 29th.”
They uploaded photos and screenshots of their receipt as proof. In the receipt below ‘DEP’ stands for ‘deposit’ and, as mentioned before, ‘N7’ is the placeholder/codename for Mass Effect Remaster.
Alleged ex-GAME employees confirm the company’s preordering system in the thread. One Reddit user said,
“I’ve worked at a GAME in the past, generally with dates for preorders they are locked in in the companies’ catalogue. They wouldn’t put a date if it wasn’t real, basically.”
Other added that there are two ways how GAME is adding new titles into their preorder list:
- When they are approached by a publisher, most of the time they will only get a code name for their preorder database. Once the official announcement comes up then GAME can change the name.
- If publishers did not approach them directly and their marketing finds out about the game themselves, then instead of the game is listed as a “preorder”, it will actually be listed as “Register as Interest” (sort of like wishlist) which then can be added into the proper preorder database as the game and item stock numbers get confirmed.
Although [the second way] was a problem area, […] people who had registered their ‘Interest’ but had not done a ‘preorder’ were not guaranteed stock, which caused no end of complaints.
Still, various other UK internet users said that their GAME branches are not accepting any Mass Effect Remaster preorders. On the other hand, the gaming forum ResetEra predicted the game will drop on October 30th instead. With all hints pointing at its existence, it’s kind of hard to just dismiss it as mere gossip. But what do you yourself think of these discoveries? Let us know in the comments.