Upcoming game remasters and remakes

In September-October, fans of antiquity were pleased with Diablo 2: Resurrected and Alan Wake Remastered. We decided to remember what other remasters and remakes of games are coming out in the foreseeable future.

Crysis remastered trilogy
October 15, 2021 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS5, Xbox Series

Crysis was prized for its advanced graphics. But sales were low. It was said that the first part at one time debuted only on PC, and the second and third worked unstable on PS3 and Xbox 360.

Crytek, the company responsible for the series, experienced global financial difficulties in mid-2010. It survived thanks to a deal with Amazon – the Internet giant bought a license for the CryEngine engine. Following this, Crytek rallied and in alliance with Saber Interactive (Quake Champions, World War Z) issued Crysis Remastered.

The remaster of the original was followed by graphically improved versions of the sequel and triquel. They are no longer suitable for impressing friends with the level of detail, but they quite satisfy the nostalgic thirst.

Resident Evil 4 VR
October 21, 2021 on Oculus Quest 2

Resident Evil 4 is one of the main projects of the era of the sixth generation of consoles. He reformed the series, pushing it towards third-person shooters.

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Not long ago, Capcom released reimagines of RE 2 (2019) and RE 3 (2020). They were greeted warmly by critics and casual gamers alike. RE 2 sales exceeded 8 million copies, RE 3 – 3.6 million.

With the announcement of a full-fledged remake of RE 4, Capcom is in no hurry. Instead, we will get a remaster for virtual reality for now. Resident Evil 4 VR is occupied by Oculus Studios and Armature Studio, it will become an exclusive to Oculus Quest 2. The third-person view has been changed to the first-person view, weapons and ammo can be picked up by hand, opponents behave a little differently than in the original, graphics are nicer than in the game 16 years ago.

Mario party superstars
October 29, 2021 on Switch

Atypical remake. The fact is that Nintendo collected classic boards from the old days of the Nintendo 64 under the guise of Mario Party Superstars and spiced them up with mini-games from various parts of the series, not only the N64 era.

Mario party superstars

What is Mario Party? This is a board game suitable for gatherings with family or friends. The rules are simple: controlling a character from the Mushroom Kingdom, roll the dice, move around the board and participate in mini-fun. Management in them is one- or two-button, even a small child will master.

However, it is not at all necessary to gather a noisy company. You can also run a batch over the network.

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition
Until the end of 2021 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PS5, Xbox Series, in early 2022 – on iOS and Android

Once upon a time, Rockstar released several projects a year. Then I switched to the “game every five years” model. GTA 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are impressive, but gamers expect more experimentation and interesting stories from R *.

The collection Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition must satisfy hunger. It includes rejuvenated versions of GTA 3 (2001), GTA: Vice City (2002) and GTA: San Andreas (2004).

The release is timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of GTA 3. Developers will conjure over the graphics and gameplay. Dialogues will probably not be touched.

Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection
February 1, 2022 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

The Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection includes the first Life is Strange (2015) and the prequel Before the Storm (2017). All additional materials are a bonus to the updated versions of both adventure games.

Life Is Strange: Remastered Collection

In LIS: Remastered Collection, fans will find adjusted graphics, namely, the environment, lighting, character models. For the first Life Is Strange, facial expressions were re-recorded using motion capture.

LIS: Remastered Collection is included in the “Ultimate” edition of Life Is Strange: True Colors (not related to the previous installments of the series). True Colors just went on sale and has a decent Metacritic rating of 82/100 for the PC version.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake
In 2022 on PC, PS4, Xbox One

The Prince of Persia line did not show signs of life for a long time. Not to consider the attraction for VR rooms Prince of Persia: The Dagger of Time as such?

The last major game in the series, The Forgotten Sands, was released in 2010. A remake of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is called upon to return you to your childhood.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake

Ubisoft has entrusted it to its Indian divisions. The choice of the engine has become very controversial – this is Anvil, sharpened for open world projects. In The Sands of Time, like in the original 2003, there is no open world. Plus, Anvil does not get along well with the central gameplay feature of the game – rewinding time.

In 2022 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series

Piranha Bytes, famous for its role-playing series Gothic, is now forging Elex 2. The German studio, together with the Gothic brand, belongs to THQ Nordic. The publisher rightly judged: there is no need for the brand to stand idle while Piranha Bytes comes up with new adventures for Jax.

20 years have passed since the premiere of the first Gothic, but it still has a loyal following. When THQ Nordic posted a prototype of the remake on Steam, 180,000 people tried it out in two months. 95% of players approved of the publisher’s idea of ​​bringing the classics back to life.

There is no news about the rethinking of the ancient hit yet. We know one thing for sure: Unreal Engine 4 will serve as the basis for it.

Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed
In 2022 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series

And again, let’s talk about the efforts of THQ Nordic. Among the goodness she owns is Destroy All Humans, a saga about the adventures of the evil alien Krypto.

On the instructions of the publisher, Black Forest Games brought back the first Destroy All Humans (2020) from the dead. In this shooter, an alien finds himself on a cartoon Earth from the 1950s.

In the remake of the second part, the geography is wider: the Soviet Union, the USA, Great Britain, Japan and the Moon. Outside – 1960s.

Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed

As a “foundation” Black Forest Games chose Unreal 4. Modern graphics are not limited to. By analogy with the first part, we predict the appearance of cut missions, changed controls and new abilities of the protagonist.

Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition
In 2022 on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

Westwood Studios is best known for the strategy series Command & Conquer and Dune. But there was also a cult adventure in the portfolio of the American team – Blade Runner (1997).

The remaster was seized upon by Nightdive Studios. In Blade Runner, you will meet characters from the film Blade Runner (1982), hear familiar tunes, and walk through Hollywood sets. Although the game and the film have a lot in common, the main character is different – it is Detective Ray McCoy, chasing replicants.

Nightdive will raise the resolution of the storylines in Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition, dust off the hero models, and polish the animations. In parallel, the team, by the way, is working on a remake of System Shock, System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition, SiN: Reloaded and PowerSlave: Exhumed.

Dead space
In 2023 on PC, PS5, Xbox Series

Remake of Dead Space from 2008. Motive Studios (Star Wars: Squadrons) builds it from scratch on the Frostbite Engine.

Motive will leave the story and characters virtually untouched. And from the gameplay, it will throw away those mechanics that are considered irrevocably outdated these days.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Remake
In 2023 on PC, PS5

Electronic Arts has recently lost its monopoly on blockbuster games based on Star Wars. For example, Disney has entrusted one unannounced project to the Ubisoft franchise. She also commissioned Aspyr to remake Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

Bioware’s immortal RPG has fallen into good hands. Aspyr has remastered Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast and Star Wars Episode I: Racer

It is difficult to cover all the potentially curious remasters and remakes in one article. The list is supplemented by Braid: Anniversary Edition, The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe, Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, Toy Soldiers HD, Kingpin: Reloaded, The House of the Dead: Remake, Fear Effect Reinvented … What would you advise?