Now known as the 'masters of the remaster', Bluepoint Games has a well-earned, solid gold reputation for delivering some of the best current-gen - and indeed last-gen - ports of gaming's most beloved properties. From Metal Gear Solid to God of War, from Gravity Rush to the Uncharted trilogy, Bluepoint's work has been uniformly excellent across the years.
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Editor's note: Once a month we're lucky enough to be graced by the presence of Gareth Damian Martin, editor of Heterotopias, to share some proper insight before we go back and default to just writing about PUBG and Destiny 2. If you want to read more in-depth critical writing, you can find a Heterotopias bundle celebrating the zine's anniversary here.
There's a reason why Team Ico's Shadow of the Colossus commands so much love and respect from the PlayStation audience. From a technical perspective, it pushed the PlayStation 2 hardware further than it had gone before, but it also delivered a special style and atmosphere that set it apart from anything else that had gone before. In essence, it was the type of game that only comes along very rarely - an experience that actually strengthens one's love for the gaming medium.
Gen Design - the developer led by Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda - has posted what may be an image of its new game.
Sony has aired new PlayStation 4 Pro footage of the Shadow of the Colossus remake, due 2018.
Shadow of the Colossus game director Fumito Ueda submitted a proposal of changes to Sony for the upcoming and recently announced PS4 remake. But he doesn't know if they'll get in.
The recently revealed PS4 version of Shadow of the Colossus is not just a remastering of the old game, but a full on remake, according to Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.
Yoshida confirmed this in an interview with Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu (translated via Siliconera).
"It is a remake. The game content is the same as the original version, but all the assets are being remade," he said.
Fumito Ueda's perennial classic Shadow of the Colossus is getting a proper remake for PS4, due in 2018.
I have done many disappointing things and disappointed many people during my time on this earth. My GCSE results weren't great, I flaked on my close friend's 21st birthday party, and the less said about my sex life the better.
Fumito Ueda's classic PS2 fantasy adventure Ico originally had significantly more dialogue prior to its release. Fans at The Cutting Room Floor data-mined the game's files to discover that 77 of the game's 115 lines of text went unused. Now, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia translator Aria Tanner has offered her own translation to this omitted dialogue.
The Shadow of the Colossus movie has a new director, Andrés Muschietti, the man behind the 2013 Spanish horror film Mama.
Remastered masterpieces ICO and Shadow of the Colossus top the freebies list for PlayStation Plus subscribers in June.
Editor's note: As if we'd let the PS4 outing for Shadow of the Colossus pass by without returning to this - an article that's been republished as many times as the game has been remastered, at least. Craig Owens' piece was first published back in 2013 (and if you wondered what Craig was up to himself, he's at Rocksteady working on whatever mystery the Arkham Knight developer is up to next).
The writer of teen-assassin thriller Hanna will pen the story for the upcoming Shadow of the Colossus film, a new report claims.
Wireless PS Vita Remote Play has arrived for the PS3 God of War Collection and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection.
This means you can stream-play those games on your Vita handheld by remotely controlling the PS3. All you need to do is download a patch, instructed the European PlayStation blog.
Both Collections also have optional control schemes when using Vita Remote Play. These map the R2 and L2 buttons to the rear touch pad.
Sony's "almost ready with a patch" for ICO HD that will enable Remote Play on PlayStation Vita, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said today.
He tweeted a picture of the game running on Vita, and wrote: "I was play testing ICO HD Remote Play on PS Vita. We are almost ready with a patch. Beautiful on OLED. More info soon."
The Tokyo Game Show is two weeks away, and would be an obvious event around which to release such a patch.
Sony has announced a new set of PlayStation games that will support Remote Play.
The rumoured deal between Sony and Gaikai will allow PS3 and maybe Vita to play old PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games, GamesIndustry International reports.
A movie based on Team Ico's beloved PlayStation 2 adventure Shadow of the Colossus is currently in the works at Sony Pictures, according to a Deadline report.
Xbox 360-exclusive games need to have "quality and impact", Microsoft Studios exec Phil Spencer has insisted.
Creating Xbox 360-only games and IP is about more than the "number of releases in a year", Spencer continued, explaining Microsoft's strategy on securing exclusives for the platform.
"Creating core IP, as many first-and third-parties have seen over the years, isn't an easy thing," Spencer told GameInformer (via GamesIndustry.biz). "I went through the process of creating Gears with Epic and I know the sweat, time, and effort that went into it."
Dungeon Defenders and Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath head this week's EU PlayStation Store update.
Dungeon Defenders costs £7.99 / €9.99. PlayStation Plus subscribers get 20 per cent off. Stranger's Wrath, from Leeds-based developer Just Add Water, is £9.99 / €12.99.
HD remakes of PlayStation 2 classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus also launch, alongside a demo of King of Fighters 13.
Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and The Last Guardian creator Fumito Ueda has left Sony, the PlayStation manufacturer has confirmed.
Ueda is finishing PlayStation 3 exclusive The Last Guardian on a contract basis, and is "committed to completing" the project, Sony said in a statement issued to Gamasutra.
The 41-year-old's departure, exclusively revealed by Eurogamer last month, ends a 14-year career at Sony that has seen the launch two of the most iconic PlayStation games ever. Following The Last Guardian's release, currently set at some time in 2012, Ueda will pursue personal projects.
Games have an incredibly complicated relationship with their past. This is an industry that's fixated with the future, but too often it's one that holds its history at arm's length.
We're embarrassed by what's gone before, it seems, sometimes going as far as to compartmentalize older games under the horribly banal banner of retro gaming, a tag that's as pointless as it's revealing of the disdain we hold for anything that's over five years old.
With indie gaming re-appropriating the aesthetic of the 80s and early 90s, there has at least been a bridge built between now and then; titles like Terry Cavanagh's VVVVVV or Brian Provinciano's Retro City Rampage show that there weren't any retro games after all - they were, as they always have been, just games painted with fewer pixels.
I've often said that I will always prefer a new game over a remake when it comes to naming our game of the week, but this is the week I lay that rule to rest. The choice between two of today's releases made a nonsense of it.
EA Sports' annual football giant FIFA 12 lands this week for every platform under the sun. Versions for 3DS, DS, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 arrive in an otherwise quiet week for retail releases, as other titles stay clear of the beautiful game.
Peek at collection's bonus content.
Bloom, banding, motion blur are all improved on PS3.
As development of Sony Japan's The Last Guardian enters its final stretch, the platform holder has finally released its high-definition PlayStation 3 remakes of the new game's predecessors: the epic Ico and Shadow of the Colossus.
Analysis of PS3 Ico's 1080p and 3D frame-rates.
The upscaled 1080p mode vs the stereoscopic experience.
If Ico and Shadow and the Colossus were novels, they'd be getting the Penguin Modern Classics treatment around about now. They'd be done up in paperback with a jarringly appropriate bit of art stuck on the front, while inside you'd get an introductory essay with a name like, "Shadow of the Beast: Manichean belief structures and Agro the horse", written by Tony Tanner - if he wasn't already dead. You'd plod through that intro because you wanted to get your money's worth, and after all that, you might end up with the strange feeling that there weren't too many reasons left to re-read the actual stories anymore.
Luckily, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are video games, and video games have their own impulses when it comes to curatorship. In Sony's new HD collection, both of Fumito Ueda's classics are reborn in high resolution and 7.1 surround sound with improved frame rates and it's left to the player, rather than Tony Tanner, to unravel what they think of the games themselves. Instead of scholarly essays, there are downloadable themes - one for each game - and making-of videos (none of which we've been sent in our review copy, alas). Instead of the unusual cover image, there are trophies and stereoscopic 3D for both titles.
Best of all, there are still plenty of reasons left to play these games again. Let's check them out.
Finally! Over 14 months ago we heard that Ico and Shadow of the Colossus were being remastered in high definition for the PlayStation 3, and we offered up some HD emulation to give you some idea of how these classic games could look on the latest Sony console. Since then, aside from a trailer or two, there hasn't really been much we could follow up on.
Intro scenes compared in this special presentation.
Direct A to B comparison: standard def vs. HD.
13 minutes of video that emphasises the wonder of HD.
Direct A to B comparison of the old game and the HD version.
Sony's PlayStation Access tour hits the Rainbow Rooms in Birmingham tonight and tomorrow, bringing with it hands-on opportunities with FIFA 12, Resistance 3 and Assassin's Creed: Revelations.
UK gamers will get a chance to play alien-invasion shooter Resistance 3, the stunning-looking Journey, and the ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD collection at an upcoming Sony tour.
Sony will show off a selection of upcoming software at its PlayStation Access roadshow, to be held in Birmingham and London over the next month.
PlayStation Access Live camps at Birmingham's Rainbow Rooms between 25th and 27th August.
The bonus content and Trophies for the mouth-watering PS3 Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection have been detailed.
A book inspired by PlayStation 2 game Ico launches this month.
28th September can't come soon enough.
Ico & Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection will pack in a smattering of bonus content alongside the twin PS2 classics when it arrives on PlayStation 3 later this year.
Other half of Team Ico Collection.
Yorda one who should buy it.
More from the ICO and Colossus PS3 collection.
Another peek from the PS3 collection.
Sony has delayed PlayStaton 3 exclusives The Last Guardian and ICO/Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.
Who has Sony tasked to remaster two of gaming's most treasured creations, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus? Bluepoint, the company that remastered God of War I & II for Blu-ray.
Sony Santa Monica's director of technology Tim Moss confirmed Bluepoint's involvement.
If the Shadow of the Colossus film "works", then big-screen adaptations of ICO and The Last Guardian may follow, movie-maker Misher Films has said.
The high definition PlayStation 3 ports of Team Ico classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus will include Trophies, super cool creator Fumito Ueda's confirmed.
Reveal trailer for the PS3 collection.
Huge gallery for the upcoming Collection.
Sony has confirmed that a special edition version of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus will be released next spring.