EA's Peter Moore Splashes Cold Water On Mass Effect Remaster Hopes
In a recent interview, Peter Moore reiterated the company's previous stance against doing a remaster for the first three Mass Effect titles – something that's seemingly at odds with a comment this month to Game Informer by fellow EA executive Patrick Soderlund.
In a video interview with IGN Moore stated: "Could we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes. Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes they have. Do we have...No. We just feel like we want to go forward.
"There's a little thing called Mass Effect Andromeda that we're totally focused on at BioWare," he continued. "Anything that distracts from that... Do we have teams lying around that are doing nothing right now that could go and...No we don't. We want to focus on the future and delivering new IP and new experiences."
Later on, Moore pointed out that EA is often asked by fans to revisit and/or remaster various franchises from the company's past such as Fight Night, Skate, and Road Rash, but he says, "We're focused on the future."
Hopes for a Mass Effect remaster in particular were stoked during last month's Gamescom event when executive vice president at EA, Patrick Soderlund, presented a different line of thinking. "The honest answer is that we are absolutely actively looking at it," he said. "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."
While Soderlund and Moore's comments are not entirely mutually exclusive, they appear to lie on opposing ends of the philosophy spectrum. It's possible that Moore could be playing on semantics in that a developer outside EA could be doing the main work on the project. However, even if that were so, most likely some part of BioWare/EA would be involved in overseeing the project in some capacity, and, according to Moore, EA wants to focus on Andromeda.
Andromeda is scheduled to release early next year, so it's possible that once that's released Moore believes the decks will be sufficiently clear for a remaster. Although from a release standpoint it would seem more logical to prime the pump first with the remasters and not the other way around since Andromeda takes place after the first trilogy.