Shadow of the Colossus PS4 is a full-blown remake of the original action-adventure game and not a remaster, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed.
Speaking in the latest issue of Famitsu magazine, Yoshida-san revealed that while the content is the same as the critically acclaimed PlayStation 2 original, the project uses completely new assets, so it’s not simply a case of developer Bluepoint sprucing up the decade-old visuals for Sony’s latest home console.
“It is a remake,” Yoshida explained. “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.”
In addition, the executive revealed that the Shadow of the Colossus remake will boast improvements for those who want to experience the emotionally-charged tale with modernised controls, although the if you prefer the original feel you can opt for that, too.
“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,” Yoshida stated. “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.”
Shadow of the Colossus was released for the PS2 in 2005 in Japan and North America, and arrived in PAL regions the following year. Developed by Team ICO, the ambitious title was directed by Fumito Ueda, who also masterminded the PS4-exclusive The Last Guardian, and sees players controlling a young man named Wander, who is tasked with dispatching sixteen hulking Colossi in an effort to save the life of a woman named Mono. The game was highly praised at the time of release, and is often cited as one of the many examples of videogames as art, due to its compelling narrative and gameplay.
Sony re-released Shadow of the Colossus for the PS3 back in 2011 as part of the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, although this version was more of a high-definition remaster than a full remake.
Shadow of the Colossus PS4 is scheduled for release in 2018.