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Shadow of the Colossus is a Remake, Not a Remaster

One of the better announcement to come out of the E3 Sony Conference was that the Shadow of the Colossus is coming out for PS4.They wowed the audience with a video showcasing the newest rendition of a very beloved game. The first shot started with the bridge in the distance and most fans recognized it right away. It was very exciting news if you’re a fan of the game. 

After some of the buzz died down people were wondering about the game itself. Is it a remaster? We already have a remaster (along with ICO) on the PS3. Do we really need another one for the PS4? No matter how nice it looks? Luckily we found out a little bit more information in a interview with Sony President Shuhei Yoshida over at Famitsu. 

Famitsu asked the burning question and it’s good news: 

Famitsu: The next question is about Shadow of the Colossus. Is this a remaster version, or is it a remake version?

Shuhei Yoshida: “It is a remake. The game content is the same as the original version, but all the assets are being remade. I figured we could use such tech to make if we’re going to make Shadow of the Colossus in the PS4 era. Bluepoint is the development company behind the PS3 remaster versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus. So we know them rather well.”

Well that’s pretty awesome. It is a remake which is good news. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like there is going to be any new content. There is quite a bit of unused content that would be really neat to see in the game including colossi that weren’t used in the original game.

Everything in the game is getting an overhaul using new technology. That includes controls as well but that doesn’t mean you’ll be stuck with using a new control scheme. The controls of the original game are part of what made it interesting. Luckily you’ll have the option to use the old control scheme. 

Famitsu: So the game will have the same content it had in its PS2 version.

Yoshida: “It’s the same, but player preferences for controls and such change over time, so we’re working on implementing a more modernized way to play. And of course you can play with a feel of the original version, but what we’re doing is showing how great the original work is, using today’s technology. Ueda-san (ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and the Last Guardian lead designer Fumito Ueda) wasn’t that involved much this time.”

The more I hear about this remake the more interested I am. Just going by the graphical update is enough to garner most people's interest. I mean, look at the difference:

We’ve come a long way in two generations of Playstations. Maybe we’ll get some more info soon about the remake but for now we’ll have to wait until sometime in 2018 to get our hands on this excellent looking remake. I have to admit I am a bit dissapointed to probably not get any new content though. 

Original source if you're interested. And can read Japanese. 

What about you? Are you excited to play the remake of Shadow of the Colossus? Or are you tired of buying the same game several times over? Do you think they should add some new content to the remake? 

Tags: ps4, shadow of the colossus, remake

6/19/2017 6:28:37 PM Christopher D. Anderson

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