A reader predicts that the PS5’s launch line-up will include a number of current gen remasters, such as God Of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about how the ever-increasing length of time needed to make video games is going to end up with most major developers only making one or two games per generation. We’re almost at that point now and so it seems inevitable that things will get even worse in the next generation, when the tech is even more complicated and all those more detailed and realistic graphics need even longer to get right.
I’m not going to get into whether this is a good or a bad thing (I think it’s mostly bad and a kind of sunken cost fallacy that companies are convincing themselves there’s no alternative to) but I do think I know what Sony’s solution to the problem is probably going to be: remasters.
Just this week we had rumours that Bloodborne is going to come to the PlayStation 5, which I welcome because it’s a fantastic game and had some performance issues that I’d like to see ironed out. But it is kind of a random game to do a remaster of. It’s certainly not the most popular or well-known PlayStation 4 game by any means and that makes me think it’s merely going to be one of many.
It’s blindly obvious that The Last Of Us Part 2 and Ghost Of Tsushima are going to appear on PlayStation 5, although whether that’s going to be as separate next gen remasters or just backwards compatibility has always been a bit of a question. I wouldn’t be surprised if those two, coming out so close to the new console, were handled differently but older games are going to need an update.
Some PlayStation gamers have been happy to mock the Switch for filling its empty release schedules with Wii U ports but I’m going to guess that it’s going to be a very similar situation with the PlayStation 5. Games that look as good as The Last Of Us Part 2, or any of Sony’s other first party games, do not grow on trees and while they’ve obviously got far more third party games to rely on than Nintendo, Sony – unlike Microsoft – understands that exclusives sell consoles.
Everyone seems to think that Horizon Zero Dawn 2 will be a launch game, and I agree it’s very likely, so what makes more sense than Horizon Zero Dawn Remastered? After all, it’s coming to PC as well, so they’ve obviously been working on it again and the Bloodborne rumours suggests that anything that’s coming to PC will also be coming to PlayStation 5.
It just makes too much sense. Especially when you consider that God Of War 2 will be a direct continuation of the story in the first one, so having an update version of the original is perfect for anyone worried about jumping in halfway through the story. Marvel’s Spider-Man is getting a sequel too, so ditto to that. And while the future of Uncharted 4 is less clear it seems too good a game not to get an update.
After such a long period without any news I think a lot of people have been imagining that Sony and Microsoft have some secret haul of half a dozen games they’re going to announce out of the blue, but I really don’t think that’s going to happen – especially in terms of anything that’s going to be out in the first six months.
You’ll get one or two triple-A games, maybe two or three indie type titles, and that’s probably being optimistic. Microsoft has already said they’ll only have Halo Infinite and in that respect I think the two companies will be working fairly similarly. Remasters seemed like they were going out of fashion at the beginning of this generation but at the beginning of the next I think they’re going to see a major resurgence, whether you want it or not.
By reader Gonch
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