Why Mass Effect's Pinnacle Station Isn't In The Legendary Edition

A notorious problem from the PS3 port of Mass Effect reared its ugly head once again, despite BioWare's best efforts.


Mass Effect: Legendary Edition compiles almost everything from the Mass Effect trilogy into one enhanced package, with just a few notable exceptions. The multiplayer mode from Mass Effect 3 won't be included, but the lone piece missing from the single-player components is the Pinnacle Station DLC from the original.

The Pinnacle Station was famously missing from the PS3 version of Mass Effect as well, and Mac Walters told GameSpot that in both cases, it's because the data was corrupted sometime after the original Mass Effect shipped. Even so, he said, the studio tried its best to retrieve the data for this compilation.

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"We got so close. It was probably more than half-way past development, halfway through development. And we got in touch with someone from Demiurge and they said, 'We might have a backup, we might have a backup.' They carefully did the backup. They sent it to us on a thumb drive. We got it.

"We could open a map, sort of, but the data was, unfortunately, so corrupted. We were looking at it and was like, okay, well this is going to take us so much time to rebuild it from scratch. And when you think of what it's like rebuilding versus remastering, it's a different set of skills, different set of people required, everything like that. And ultimately we just said, 'No, we might as well just rebuild it from scratch at that point.'"

The Legendary Edition does include every other piece of DLC across all three games in the trilogy, along with visual enhancements. It's releasing on May 14 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It will be playable on the new generation PS5 and Xbox Series X|S as well, which will likely improve load times. For more details, check out everything we know about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition.

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