One of the most unexpected things that appeared at Sony’s E3 press conference over the weekend was that a Shadow of the Colossus remake was in production, and would be releasing sometime next year. However, while the content is the same, the game and its mechanics were remade from ground up.
Shadow of the Colossus already got a remastered version on the Playstation 3, after the game came out on the Playstation 2 back in 2005, where it won critical acclaim and put Team ICO on the map. The game is, today, seen as a classic, and to have both The Last Guardian and it on the same console can be seen as nothing short of a miracle.
However, the Shadow of the Colossus remake is indeed a remake, and here’s how. To start, the assets are being completely redone. The game is being reworked with the latest tech to take full advantage of everything that the Playstation 4 has to offer, and considering how good The Last Guardian looked, Shadow of the Colossus will look just as amazing, if not better.
When it comes to the controls, you don’t have to worry if you think the game is going to be changed around; there’s an option for a modernized control scheme, but that’s all the adjustments that the core gameplay is getting.
Shadow of the Colossus’s protagonist Wander will still have to shoot arrows at Colossi to get their attention, before climbing on top of them and stabbing them in a collection of magic symbols on their bodies.
Considering how long it’s been since Shadow of the Colossus first came out, remaking the entire game with its assets from the ground up is probably the best way to ensure that the Shadow of the Colossus remake ends up looking as good as possible, especially with the Playstation 4 Pro now a console it will be releasing on.