Gamers seem to thrive on nostalgia, don’t they? People clamor for those re-releases (see Marvel vs. Capcom 2), modern sequels (see Final Fantasy IV: The After Years), and, in rare cases, full-on HD remakes (see Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.) And it seems that studios are finally beginning to take notice. If the first day of E3 is any indication, studios are betting there’s new money to be made in older games.
Konami seems poised to be the unofficial head of this initiative, bringing us five new HD remakes: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, and the long awaited HD versions of Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders 2. Officially titled the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and Zone of the Enders HD Collection, respectively, the games have been completely rebuilt for current-gen quality systems, complete with Trophies/Achievements. Both collections will be available on the PS3 and the Xbox 360, with MGSHD sneaking out this November followed by ZoEHD in 2012.
Bungie’s successor, 343 Industries, is, of course, re-releasing the original Halo with a complete HD makeover in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Halo, too, is being completely rebuilt and is slated for release on November 15, 2011 for (naturally) the Xbox 360. A few more details can be found in the original post.
Not to be outdone, Sony Computer Entertainment is also releasing HD remakes of the beautiful Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and the previously PSP-only God of War: Origins games. Like the other HD remakes, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection and God of War: Origins Collection will be remade in full 1080p HD with remastered audio. The games will also leverage Sony’s extended committment to stereoscopic 3D, and, for the achievement hounds, full Trophy support. The God of War: Origins Collection is due for release on September 13, 2011, with the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection following two weeks later on September 27, 2011.