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Who's making the Ico/SOTC remasters?

And will they run at 60FPS or 30FPS?

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.

"I got to play it," Moss added in a tweet to Eurogamer's Digital Foundry blog. "Can't wait for everyone else to get the chance. It makes my inner fanboy happy."

The Blu-ray remasters of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus chiefly add native high-definition resolutions to the old PS2 games.

But they also add stereoscopic 3D, a feature that's led to some confusion about the remasters' frame-rates. Joystiq was told by a Sony rep at a preview event for the Ico and SOTC remasters that both games run at 60 frames per second, as is the requirement of 3D. However, a post on the US PlayStation blog notes that Shadow of the Colossus runs at 30 frames per second. But that could have been down to the blogger playing the game in 3D (and pumping out two 30FPS visuals, hence the 60FPS requirement).

Whether both games run at 60 frames per second in standard 2D, a number halved to 30 by 3D, remains to be clarified. It's hard to believe Sony would want Ico running at 60FPS and not Shadow of the Colossus.

Let's not forget that both are PS2 remasters, after all - something the PS3 should be well capable of, however much SOTC pushed ageing PS2 hardware.

Ico arrived on PS2, originally, way back in 2002. But despite a gargantuan 10/10 from Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell, the game remained obscure and niche - an undiscovered treasure.

That led to Sony re-issuing the game in 2006, which gave Eurogamer editors Kristan Reed (then) and Tom Bramwell (now) the chance to dribble deliriously over "one of the best games ever made".

Shadow of the Colossus, released in Europe in 2006, proved more divisive. Tom Bramwell picked out a catchphrase Eurogamer 8/10 for the game months after Kristan Reed had smothered it in a 10/10.

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