The Mass Effect Legendary Edition boasts over 40 DLCs but one that will not be making into this version is the Pinnacle Station DLC.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition Won’t Include Pinnacle Station DLC Because of Lost Source Code
The remaster of the Mass Effect trilogy called Mass Effect Legendary edition comes with quite an array of content, including over 40 DLCs for all games. However since multiplayer will be skipped for Mass Effect 3’s remaster so will the DLC related to that. The Pinnacle Station add-on which is for the first title, won’t be making it into the legendary edition also.
The Pinnacle Station add-on was originally developed via a third-party studio called Demiurge. It added a training facility with different holographic combat scenarios. It was skipped from the PS3 version of Mass Effect due to the source code being lost. When Bioware decided to remaster the game from the Legendary Edition, they tried to reach out to anyone who could help track it down.
However, when the code was finally located, it ended up being corrupted. The Pinnacle Station could have been reconstructed but it was decided their efforts were best spent elsewhere and would prolong the release of the Legendary Edition according to Mac Walters who spoke with Game Informer
It would basically take us another full six months just to do this with most of the team we’ve got. I wish we could do it. Honestly, just because this is meant to be everything that the team ever created, brought together again—all the singleplayer content. And so, leaving it all on the cutting-room floor, it was heartbreaking.
Lost code is not actually uncommon with games, for example, Diablo 2 had a near-miss with its source code, according to Erich and Schaefer the creators of the Diablo franchise, a story they shared at ExileCon 2019. Lack of backups or corrupted files can occur.
Mass Effect Legendary Edition is will launch on May 14 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC. While there are no current plans for a Switch version, Bioware has not ruled it out completely, as they may consider working on a Switch version.
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