Okami HD hits October 30

Capcom reveals PSN launch date for PS2 adventure title; will be available for $20 with PS Move support and trophies.

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Okami HD is not far off. Capcom has announced that the rerelease of the PlayStation 2 adventure title for the PlayStation Network will arrive on October 30 at $20. Previously, it was expected sometime this fall.

Amaterasu returns next month.

The game boasts remastered graphics supporting 1080p resolution, and works with PlayStation Move, in addition to traditional controls. Further, Okami HD includes trophies for players to collect.

GameSpot's 2006 review of Okami found it to have some of the best visuals of any PS2 title at the time, with a 30-hour main story and numerous sidequests and minigames.

Discussion

57 comments
x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Hopefully it will release in Europe at the same time. SCEE aren't too good at getting prompt releases so I won't be surprised if it arrives weeks or months after the US release. Okami is amazing, though. If there was one game I think everyone should play, it would be Okami.

DrRockso87
DrRockso87

I've been waiting forever for this! I've been asking for two years hoping Capcom would finally do it! So friggin' happy!! :D*looks at release date* ... Same day as Assassin's Creed III? ... CAP-KHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!!!!!

franzito
franzito

I'll be getting Okami and NiGHTS when they launch!

Q-abs
Q-abs

Capcom! Why Y U No just release "Clover Studio Game HD Collection"???

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

I'm almost glad I was never able to find Okami for PS2. Get to play it in HD and have it be a fresh experience.

gamerasi
gamerasi

I can't wait!.. I will this time...

NeoIostars
NeoIostars

wow, so many games to get in that same week: Dark Souls DLC, Zone of the Enders HD, and now this.

bingman5
bingman5

This game was extremely fun. I still have my PS2 copy. Too bad my PS3 isn't a backwards compatible model. If only I still had my PS2...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Sweet, another ps2 title I have to rebuy.

president_bush
president_bush

Okami is THE most beautiful, fun, touching and ingenious games ever made. If you have not played it, and like action/adventure, you will absolutely love it.

HiImUPSMan
HiImUPSMan

just make okami 2 already.

 

oh wait capcom shut down clover so theyll just have to milk the first one to death.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I played the PS2 version to death, sold it, played the Wii version to death, kept it. Do I really want to play it through again? Or shall I play new games instead? New games I think. I just feel that the HD remake thing is getting out of hand now. 

adroge1
adroge1

If it would be $20 for a disk version I would get it, but since it's DD only, I will pass. This is a great game regardless.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I have this on PS2, but $20 too much. I will buy this, but only when it's on sale....maybe for PS+.

avatarIVN
avatarIVN

Honestly, $20 for a remastered version of an excellent game is quite a good deal. I don't expect extras but it still a very good price for 30+ hours of enjoyable gameplay. 

Superzone
Superzone

I've never played this before, so I guess now's my chance!

ColoradoKindBud
ColoradoKindBud

Great news.  Still one of my top 5 fave games on the PS2.  HD & trophy support means I'll just be playing through it again.  Thanks Cap!

antiAntag0nist
antiAntag0nist

Maybe, just maybe, I'll finally get around to playing this game. When it first came out, I did not have a PS2, so that prevented me from playing it. I never bothered to pick it up for the Wii. $20 seems like a good price for Okami HD as well. I don't have much of an excuse this time around.

Mafon2
Mafon2

Hell no. I've already got 2 versions... >_<

Jehuty08
Jehuty08

wish they would put this on the VITA as well

Chronologo
Chronologo

Wish I have a PS3, I played this on the PS2 and finished it about 4 times. One of the most excellent games I've played. The story sucked me in instantly, it was so god that I almost cried watching the ending.

pez2k_
pez2k_

Another port of Okami? IGN had better make sure their watermarks are very prominent in advance.

Fursnake
Fursnake

Absolutely going to get it. I played the first one a bit until it was stolen from my house along with the whole PS2. Never got to play it again. Can't wait.

laurenhiya21
laurenhiya21

How do the graphics look compared to the Wii version?

While I'm not planning on getting this again, I'm just curious because they never compared the two .__.

(I'd assume that they would be better, but you never know...)

theKSMM
theKSMM

Talk about milking this game.  How many releases has it had so far?  The original PS2 release, the Wii port (which used motion controls, of course), a DS game, and now the PS3 HD update (which will use the same motion controls as the Wii version, no doubt).  And these aren't even sequels, but remakes of the same game!

 

The PS3 HD remix games aren't a bad idea, but it does upset me that the reason that Sony can resell these PS2 classics is because they killed the backward compatibility of the PS3.  Anybody remember how they clowned Microsoft for not having BC on the XBOX 360?  And now the X360's BC is better than the PS3...man, don't get me started on this again...

megamanfan
megamanfan

@Q-abs I would totally buy this! And get someone to work on Viewtiful Joe 3?!?!??!?

bakagami
bakagami

 @flammable_zeus I played it but didn't finish.  the controls were too unwieldy, it was really hard to use the celestial brush using the dualshock controller.  just bought a Move controller just for this release :)

franzito
franzito

@flammable_zeus I feel the same way

franzito
franzito

@NeoIostars Better save money now XD

franzito
franzito

@kavadias1981 Wow, you really loved Okami to death

flammable_zeus
flammable_zeus

 @WeWerePirates October 30. It says so in the article. They didn't specify that it was a US-only release or anything, so it'll be worldwide.

franzito
franzito

@Mafon2 It's like me but I have 2 version of RE 4. I've already had 4!

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @Mafon2 But this time it has trophy support!  And high-definition graphics!  :-)

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @Jehuty08Now THAT would be hot!  This game would be a perfect fit for the Vita's control schemes too.

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @Fursnake That sucks. But I'm glad that you'll get some redemption by finally getting to play it through...and with HD graphics and Move support!  :-)

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @theKSMM Okamiden on DS was not a remake of Okami. Sure, it didn't boast a plethora of new features, but it was pretty much a sequel, with a new story, new characters, and it made good use of the dual screen and touch controls. Well worth playing.

 

Also, I do not have a problem with HD remakes like this. Its a treat for fans, and will go to a new audience who may not have played the original. Bear in mind, Okami sold quite poorly (just over half a million across both PS2 and Wii last I saw (see vgchartz, wikipedia, google)), despite the size of the fanbase that followed.

 

I don't have a problem with HD updates, or even porting a game to another platform to expand its audience, or improve on its features.

 

I'm not sure what your definition of "milking" is. Are publishers not allowed to update or re-release titles? Would you prefer their intellectual property be completely worthless little under a year after launch like 90% of every game ever released?

 

At the end of the day, the option to buy anything is entirely upon your discretion. You only get milked if you allow yourself to be a cow.

 

PetJel
PetJel

 @theKSMM Except when you release a game on different systems it's not called milking. There is only 1 version on the ps2, one on the wii, one on the DS. That's NOT milking....

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

 @flammable_zeus That's not how it works. Things get released on US PSN with an announced release date. On the EU PSN they show up on some random date that might be the same as the US or months later.

 

The date in the article is definitely only confirmed as the US date. There is a reasonable chance We'll get it on the same week but without confirmation there's also a reasonable chance we'll get it god knows when.

Mafon2
Mafon2

 @franzito I've got 2 copies of RE4 too!!! *mad-mad-mad-mad-mad world!*

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @zzamaro Admittedly I didn't play Okamiden, so forgive my mistake.  I do recall reading a few reviews when it was released that claimed that it would give Okami players a sense of deja vu, so I gave it a pass.  But you're right, it was properly a sequel.  My bad.

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @Lhomity As I mentioned above to @petjel, I don't have a problem with this either.  I completely agree that it's a chance to introduce a good game to a new audience, and it may be one of those rare decisions in the gaming industry that's good for both business and gamer alike.

 

But I use the term "milking" because I don't have a more succinct term for it...and that's what it is.  Trying to extract further profits from existing properties is "milking" them.  I don't have a bad impression of the practice, so I'm not sure why everyone is defending it.

 

Like I said, I'm more upset that I can't play my PS2 Okami disc in my PS3.  Capcom can release this game as many more times as they believe they can sell it.  Personally, I had my fun with it, so unless I feel like milking the game (see what I did there?) for some additional PSN trophies, then I'll pass on this, but I certainly recommend it to anyone who hasn't played this creative game.

cvfan
cvfan

 @PetJel  @theKSMM

 Correct me if i am wrong but, isn't the DS game (Okami-den, i believe) a sequel.

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @PetJel If it were the same game ported to different systems and released within the same time frame, I would agree with you.  But to re-release the game years later with motion controls, then again with touch-screen controls, and this time in HD with motion controls...I'd say you're milking that codebase.

 

And don't get me wrong, I'm not meaning this to be critical.  Okami is a great game and the more people that get to play it the better.  But I wonder if Capcom ever intends to make a proper sequel to this wonderful game or will we just see the remastered original reappear in the future on the Wii U, the XBOX 3, and the iPad 4.

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @Lhomity Hey, I hate to see good games go unappreciated just like good music or movies, so I do hope that they strike oil with this release.  This time the price might be right so that with enough word of mouth from people who have already played it, new players will give it a look.

 

As for me though, I'll probably have to sit this one out.  Like @Mafon2 says above, I've already bought this game twice.  :-)

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @theKSMM  The chances that Capcom ever made a profit from Okami in the first place are pretty slim. Sales were terrible*, and led to the closure of Clover Studios as a result (Which isn't so bad when you consider many of those guys went on to form Platinum Games).

 

Capcom have this fantastic IP that a lot of gamers love, that didn't really make any/much money. Once any game launches, it has about a 3 month window to sell and generate revenue, after that interest dies and what little remains is swallowed by used sales. The only thing you can do to extend that window is DLC, online multi-player, and premium/elite services. After all that is gone, the game is pretty much worthless and if you didn't make a return on your investment, then you're screwed =(.

 

Yeah, I'm still disappointed about PS2 BC being removed, but also glad I never got rid of any of my PS2 consoles. Backwards compatibility is nice for gamers, but its fair to say Sony were desperate to reduce the cost of the PS3 at the time, and it probably paid off, even if it upset people.

 

All in all, it could be much worse. *points at the Star Wars saga NOW IN 3D*

 

 

theKSMM
theKSMM

 @cvfan   You are correct. They actually pointed that out to me further down in the thread.