How a lot time has to cross earlier than it turns into acceptable to remaster and even remake a recreation? 10 years? 15 years? What about three-ish years? Is that sufficient time between the unique and the remaster? Effectively, that’s what’s taking place 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 Canine 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 after all pleasure from Final of Us followers—which there are most likely extra of right this moment 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 positive if this recreation wanted to be remastered. Others questioned if this was even a standard remaster or only a next-gen improve. Issues received 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…
Let’s assume for the second that it is a remastered recreation and never simply an improve, which is how Naughty Canine and Sony are advertising it. The sport’s latest launch does beg the query of how quickly we’d like online game remasters. I don’t assume anyone—exterior of purists—would deny that standard video games from the ‘90s and even the early ‘00s deserve a flowery remaster. However a recreation from 2020 being remastered in 2023 appears too quickly. Then once more, it appears unimaginable 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 recreation’s launch? Then that will imply EA and Bioware jumped the gun with 2013’s Mass Impact 3, which was partially remastered as a part of 2022’s Legendary Assortment. However was that even a remaster? And are there components aside from merely the passage of time that needs to be thought-about?
In that case, for example, the technical leap between an Xbox 360 recreation and an Xbox One/Xbox Collection X/S recreation appears giant sufficient to warrant a touch-up. As compared, a PS4 recreation being remastered for PS5 doesn’t appear as needed, 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 under. 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 recreation and why?