With the recent news of Final Fantasy X HD Remastered coming to the PS4 next year alongside Final Fantasy X-2 has caused some news during the past week including Square Enix announcing the Steam port of Final Fantasy VII coming to the PS4 as well instead of it being a remake of the original classic in HD. An interview article was posted online from SquarePortal.net that Shinji Hashimoto discussed about bring Final Fantasy titles such as the Final Fantasy XIII Collection to PlayStation 4.
Since the PlayStation Experience event, many fans including myself have been wondering, why is Square Enix bringing these titles as ports and re-releases for the new-generation console now. Hashimoto explained the reasoning behind Square Enix’s recent actions- “Actually, the re-releases won’t be limited to Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy X / X-2. Other Final Fantasy titles could arrive for the PlayStation 4 as well. We have been planning to create a great ecosystem for the series, but for now, most titles are only available for PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Also, China is getting its first home console in years and we would like bring the long-awaited masterpieces for the Chinese players as well. PlayStation 4 is the best way to make this happen now. This would also help the console sell better in the region and worldwide.”
This wouldn't be the first time that a classic game from the PS2 or even the PS1 library has been given a HD Remastered on the PS4, just this year The Last of Us was released for the PS4 this year with added content and DLC from the PS3 version on to the PS4 version; to be fair The Last of Us was released last year for the PS3 I guess nothing can stop Naughty Dog on releasing it for the PS4 if it already won over 200 game of the year awards, they have mentioned that the PS3 version did help get an idea on what future games might look like if they were on the PS4.
Soon after 2010 HD gaming has started to become popular and most people like myself would own HD TV for playing games on theirPS3, 360 or Wii but during the 7th Generation of Gaming between 2004-2013 HD Game Collections or Remakes of a game being turned into HD was another thing that was huge during that generation. Most games that were sold during the 6th Generation of Gaming had sold millions of copies worldwide when it comes to gaming between 1998-2013 for the Dreamcast, PS2, Xbox and GameCube but not all games had sold millions of copies during that period certain games that got a great score and good reviews but got poor sales were gotten the chance to be released on HD instead. One good example was Beyond Good and Evil HD, during 2003 it got great reviews but the sales were poor because other games were released around the same time during November 2003 and of course Ubisoft also released Prince of Persia Sands of Time (2003) around that month too and gotten more copies sold then Beyond Good and Evil did. It was around Spring 2011 Ubisoft released Beyond Good and Evil HD for both PSN and Xbox Live Arcade.
Other HD games got released into collections on both PS3 and 360 during those period games that got the HD treatment-
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
- Legend of Zelda Wind Waker HD
- Prince of Persia Collection
- Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD and 2.5 HD Remix
- ICO and Shadow of the Colossus
- Resident Evil 4, Code Veronica HD
- Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD
- Halo 1 and 2
- Devil May Cry Collection
These are good examples of games that sold millions worldwide during the 6th Generation of Gaming; most games that got the HD treatment would have 1080p High Definition and being rendered looking a lot clearer than the original games were when they were released around that time. There may have been a few changes taken in and out of games or added in some new features in such as certain content that was only released in Japan but not released elsewhere good examples like these are Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Final Fantasy X International. Certain games might have the soundtrack remixed or changed certain voices or vice actors around, certain buttons and game mechanics being changed. And of course trophy support/achievements have been added in if you want to collect them like on other games released on both PSN, 360 or Steam.
Other games that were released during the 3rd, 4th or even 5th Generation of Gaming have gotten a HD Remastered look if it's been more then 10-20 years since that game was released since then and have been given those treatments for it examples of these games have been done and been released on systems like PS3, 360, Wii U or Steam during the 7th Generation are-
- DuckTales Remastered
- Earthworm Jim
- Castle of Illusions: Starring Mickey Mouse
- Oddworld New and Tasty (Abe's Oddysee)
I can understand games that were released more than 10 years ago getting a HD treatment is worth the money and checking out but if other games that were released 5 years or more getting a HD treatment doesn't feel the same and likely not worth checking out and look almost the same as the original was examples like these are Prince of Persia Collection which was released in 2010 making it almost 7 years since the first game was released in 2003 doesn't feel that long since it was released on the PS2/Xbox/Cube nice idea if someone didn't get the chance to play them or want to play them in one go but the you could easily pick up the original version at a cheaper price if you still have a PS2/Xbox/Cube and is not too bothered about the changes or added features that have been added in the HD version. Since we are on the 8th Generation now on gaming more and more games that were released both the PS3 and 360 are slowly being Remastered for the both the PS4 and Xbox One titles including Devil May Cry 4 and possibly Borderlands 1 and 2 could be making their way to those consoles but it doesn't seem that long since they were first released which was at least 6-5 years ago for both games. But if more and more games go through with it this might not interest a few people out there who have already bought a new console or planning on buying one because most people would want to buy a new console to play some new titles that are only exclusive on that console, I actually thought most developers would release a new title in a series or franchise for that system but if they release a HD or a Collection for that console that was released a year ago on the last gen consoles like the PS3 and 360; than a year later they just get either Remastered again or easily ported to the next gen consoles along with trophy/achievement support added to it can be a little lazy for companies to that but if it helps sales elsewhere for the rest of the world it's probably a good move.
If you own a PS4 or an Xbox One are there any Remastered titles you are looking forward to playing again?
Or what game would you like to see being released as a HD Remastered?
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