Good news! Mass Effect Legendary Edition is coming to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate via EA Play later this week on Thursday, January 6th. The bad news is there's no official way to pre-install it, at least not at the time of writing.
Fortunately, even though you can't officially pre-install it with Game Pass, there is a way to download Mass Effect Legendary Edition right now on Xbox — even if you don't own it. You can only pre-install the first game (21GB) as the other two games have to be downloaded inside the Legendary Edition itself, but it's better than nothing, right?
Here's the step-by-step of how to do it:
- Load up the official 'Xbox' app on Android or iOS (not the Game Pass app)
- Hit the search icon at the bottom of the app
- Tap 'Games' and search for Mass Effect Legendary Edition
- On the game page, hit 'Download to Console'
Once you've done this, the game should automatically start downloading on your Xbox system of choice. However, if this is your first time using the Xbox app on mobile, you may be prompted to pair your console with it first.
If you find you can't access the game because you "don't own it" on Thursday, you may need to go back into the Microsoft Store and hit 'download' once again — your Xbox will then realise you've downloaded it for Game Pass / EA Play, and it should immediately start working. Just keep in mind that Mass Effect: Legendary Edition likely won't go live at midnight, so you may need to wait until later in the afternoon or evening before it's available.
Any questions about this? Drop them in the comments and we'll try to help you out.