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The Mass Effect voice cast is reuniting for an N7 Day panel

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Commander Shepard voice actors Mark Meer and Jennifer Hale are getting together with other members of the Mass Effect (opens in new tab) voice cast and some BioWare developers next week for a special online panel to celebrate N7 Day. 

BioWare established November 7 as N7 Day in 2012 as a sort of commemorative event for fans to share art, stories, cosplay pictures, and reminiscences of their time with the Mass Effect games. It quickly grew into a handy bit of viral marketing, although it's fair to say the whole thing has lost a little bit of its luster in recent years: In 2019, for instance, BioWare marked the day by adding Mass Effect-themed skins (opens in new tab) to Anthem, and not as a giveaway but as purchasable items at $8 each, which struck me as a rather sad commentary on the studio's struggles.

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2020's N7 Day looks like it will be a whole lot more interesting. The Shepards will be joined by Steven Blum (Grunt), Kimberly Brooks (Ashley Williams), Raphael Sbarge (Kaidan Alenko), Courtenay Taylor (Jack), Alix Wilton Regan (Samantha Traynor), William Salyers (Mordin Solus), DC Douglas (Legion), and Ali Hillis (Liara T'Soni), plus BioWare writer Patrick Weekes and editor Karen Weekes, for a "very special panel" to celebrate this year's N7 Day. 

The reunion will be cool all by itself (although I can't help but notice that my Garrus/Wrex double-whammy goon squad is absent from the list of attendees) but the fact that BioWare went to the trouble of putting it all together makes me think there could be something more to it—something like, maybe, official word that a Mass Effect remaster (opens in new tab) is actually happening? Maybe even happening soon?

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I'm not teasing some kind of super-secret insider knowledge here, by the way—I have no idea what BioWare's motivations are here, or what's going on behind the scenes. A Mass Effect trilogy remaster hasn't been officially announced, but rumor has it that it's the "HD title" EA announced earlier this year (opens in new tab) . It would make sense for one of EA's most popular series to get a release at some point, wouldn't it?

The big N7 Day class reunion is scheduled to get underway at 11 am PT on November 7. The promised link hasn't arrived yet but if I had to guess, I'd look for it to happen on Twitch (opens in new tab).

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.