At its E3 press conference on Monday night, Sony unveiled a high-definition remake of “Shadow of the Colossus. One of the most critically-acclaimed video games in the PlayStation library.
In a brief trailer, Sony revealed that the title, which is simply called “Shadow of the Colossus,” would be released sometime in 2018. Texas-based Bluepoint Games was noted as the developer behind the remaster.
Shadow of the Colossus originally launched for the PlayStation 2 in 2005, is something of a landmark in gaming history. It came in as a spiritual successor to Ico. It was directed by Fumito Ueda, the developer behind The Last Guardian. Shadow of the Colossus is an epic.
Yet minimalist game that has no dungeons, characters to engage with, or real dialogue. Instead, it plays out through a series of grand battles against giant beasts known as colossi. Its part adventure, part puzzles as players hunts down colossi and figure out how to best slay these monumental beasts.
It’s an emotive, minimalist story which focuses on a young boy named Wander, who is tasked with slaying 16 giants otherwise known as colossi across a vast, deserted landscape. There is little dialogue, and next to no other living creatures in the game’s world beyond those giants. It’s one of those games you kind of need to play to really get.
The game, along with its equally acclaimed predecessor “Ico,” already received a slight graphics upgrade in a 2011 port for the PlayStation 3 (also handled by Bluepoint Games). But if Sony’s teaser is any indication, this new version should look much more polished and modern. Likely to take advantage of the improved graphics power in the recently-released PlayStation 4 Pro, which supports 4K and HDR visuals.
Sony and Fumito Ueda, the lead designer behind “Ico” and “Shadow of the Colossus,” released a spiritual successor to those games called “The Last Guardian” late last year.