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    No Man’s Sky confirms Mass Effect crossover, adds iconic Normandy SR-1 to fleet / ArsTechnica · Friday, 21 May, 2021 - 13:00 · 1 minute

We at Ars Technica love crossover events in every pop-culture format, but they're arguably the best in video games, since they let fans settle playground arguments regarding which superhero or mascot could win in a fight. Still, that affection doesn't mean Ars must keep up with every single "dream" announcement about third-party characters in games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate , Soulcalibur VI , Tekken 7 , Mortal Kombat 11 , Samurai Shodown , Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid , and so on. We love them! Bring them on! But most IP crossovers don't warrant a headline. (Sorry, John "two games in one year" Rambo .)

In today's case, I've made an exception.

The latest update to No Man's Sky , which goes live sometime today, unlocks a very familiar spaceship inside NMS 's nearly infinite universe: the SSV Normandy SR-1, lifted from the first Mass Effect game. Yes, that's the SR-1, not the eventual SR-2. ( Tali would approve .) While Normandy doesn't come with a handy Mako for players to drop onto Hello Games' 18 quintillion planets , it does include an incredible S rating (seen in the above gallery). As far as No Man's Sky frigates go, the SR-1 is SR-number-one.

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    Mass Effect Legendary Edition 4K remaster coming May 14 / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 February, 2021 - 17:32

Getting up close and personal with Reapers in 4K.

Enlarge / Getting up close and personal with Reapers in 4K. (credit: EA)

The long-awaited Mass Effect Legendary Edition bundle will be available for Xbox and PlayStation consoles and PC on May 14, publisher EA said today.

BioWare, the developers of the fan-favorite Mass Effect trilogy, confirmed in November that a 4K remaster was on the way sometime this spring. The Legendary Edition includes all three Mass Effect games as well as all their single-player DLC content. PC players will be able to purchase and play the Legendary Edition on both Origin and Steam. Console players can pick it up for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, with forward compatibility to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

In addition to 4K support and HDR compatibility, the Legendary Edition includes remastered character models and improved textures, EA said, as well as improvements to shaders, VFX, lighting, shadows, depth-of-field, and other visual elements. Pre-rendered cinematic scenes have also been upgraded, and controller support has been added to the PC edition.

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