Shadow of the Colossus on PS4 is a remake, not a remaster

Perhaps one of the most surprising announcements to come out of Sony’s E3 press conference was that the company is working on a PlayStation 4 remake of the beloved 2005 PlayStation 2-era exploration/combat game Shadow of the Colossus, a remake which will come with a handy quality-of-life addition that should make newer gamers very happy.

Sony president Shuhei Yoshida spoke at length about the Shadow of the Colossus PS4 remake in an interview with the Japanese publication Famitsu (an interview which was translated by Siliconera). During the interview, Yoshida revealed various tidbits about the remake, including the fact that it is indeed being branded as a remake and not a remaster, which means that there will sadly be no new gameplay content such as new regions to explore or new colossi to fight.

The remake is being developed by Bluepoint Games, the same studio behind the 2011 PS3 re-release, and all of the game’s assets are being remade from the ground up, so fans should expect upscaled graphics and smoother gameplay. Oh, and speaking of gameplay, Yoshida confirmed that the PS4 remake will have a brand new control scheme which should feel more natural to modern gamers. However, the game’s original control scheme can be selected as well for those who prefer it.

As of the time of this writing, the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus doesn’t yet have a specific release date, but Sony says it should arrive sometime in 2018. You can watch a trailer for the PS4 remake below.

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