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Kotaku Asks: How Quickly Is Too Quickly For A Video Recreation Remaster Or Remake?


A screenshot shows a sad Joel looking at Ellie in The Last of Us Part II.

Screenshot: PlayStation / Naughty Canine

How a lot time has to move earlier than it turns into acceptable to remaster and even remake a sport? 10 years? 15 years? What about three-ish years? Is that sufficient time between the unique and the remaster? Properly, that’s what’s occurring early subsequent 12 months as Naughty Canine is remastering 2020’s The Final of Us Half II. 

Let’s again up actual quick. In case you missed the information final week, The Final of Us Half II Remastered leaked on-line. Shortly afterward, Naughty Dog confirmed the sport was actual and could be launched on January 19, 2024.

After the leak after which the official affirmation from Naughty Canine, there was in fact pleasure from Final of Us followers—which there are most likely extra of right now than ever earlier than due to the HBO present—who couldn’t wait to re-experience the critically acclaimed sequel. However there have been additionally lots of people who weren’t certain if this sport wanted to be remastered. Others questioned if this was even a conventional remaster or only a next-gen improve. Issues acquired murkier when Naughty Canine revealed that homeowners of The Final of Us Half II on PS4 might spend $10 to improve to the remastered model on PS5. Hmmm…

PlayStation / Naughty Canine

Let’s assume for the second that this can be a remastered sport and never simply an improve, which is how Naughty Canine and Sony are advertising and marketing it. The sport’s latest launch does beg the query of how quickly we want online game remasters. I don’t suppose anyone—exterior of purists—would deny that well-liked video games from the ‘90s and even the early ‘00s deserve a elaborate remaster. However a sport from 2020 being remastered in 2023 appears too quickly. Then once more, it appears inconceivable to set a particular time requirement for remasters or remakes (and, unrelatedly, attempting to outline these phrases in 2023 is getting more durable and more durable, too).

Ought to remasters solely occur a decade or extra after the unique sport’s launch? Then that may imply EA and Bioware jumped the gun with 2012’s Mass Impact 3, which was partially remastered as a part of 2021’s Legendary Version. However was that even a remaster? And are there components aside from merely the passage of time that ought to be thought-about?

In that case, as an example, the technical leap between an Xbox 360 sport and an Xbox One/Xbox Sequence X/S sport appears giant sufficient to warrant a touch-up. Compared, a PS4 sport being remastered for PS5 doesn’t appear as vital, although I think about diehard followers eager for a better-looking model of Final of Us Half II would disagree.

So we go away it as much as you within the feedback beneath. You inform us (and different readers) if The Final of Us Half II Remastered is going on too quickly or not, and why you’re feeling that manner. How lengthy ought to builders wait earlier than remastering a sport and why?