Microsoft Not Prioritising HD Remakes

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Sony have been updating some of the classics from the previous generation to look much shiner on current hardware. Notable releases like the God of War Collection, the upcoming re-mastered versions of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus and the 3d-enabled Sly Cooper collection. They’re great, especially in the case of the Team Ico collection, allowing newer gamers to experience absolute gems they’d otherwise miss.

Microsoft doesn’t think it’s too important to update their back catalogue though, so if you’re keen on HD remakes of classic Xbox games like..umm..Halo and errr…ummm Halo 2, you’re pretty much SOL.

"I don’t think it’s necessarily a bad idea," Microsoft Game Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer said to IGN. "I’m going to think about it from the customer’s perspective, and are we really delivering something of value to the customer at a price that they want?”

"We obviously have a lot of new things going on, so the thought of re-doing a bunch of things is probably difficult to just weave into the overall portfolio," he added. "If you can provide real value to the customer, there could be possibilities for that, but I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it."

Sure, one reason for this is that the Xbox didn’t have nearly as expansive or, barring Halo, as important a library as the PS2. It did however have its own beauties. For real, I’d happily stab somebody in the kidneys for HD remakes of Jet Set Radio Future, Panzer Dragoon Orta, Psychonauts and Jade Empire.

Source : IGN

Last Updated: October 26, 2010

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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