Reworkings of old hits that await us in 2022 and the future

Reworkings of old hits that await us in 2022 and the future

Over the last few years, we’ve had high-quality remakes of cult games like Final Fantasy 7, Resident Evil 2, Mafia, and Demon’s Souls. The renewed success of these games has encouraged game producers and publishers, so new versions of old hits await us soon. In this article, we provide an overview of those revisions that have been confirmed.

Before we start with the review, it should be emphasized that here we emphasize remakes, ie remake projects, not remasters. Sometimes the line between the two is blurred, but we generally define reworking as a project that complements or significantly changes the original game in terms of story and gameplay. With that in mind, here’s what old experiences will be tailored to us in a new guise.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

The original Star Wars: KOTOR is still worth playing today because it offers the player the most personal adventure among a bunch of Star Wars games. The repulsive part of the original is in turn in the archaic combat system, non-intuitive interface, and a series of unresolved bugs. That is why we are happy with the fact that KOTOR will experience a reworking from the ground up, that is, an opportunity to tell its genius story with modernized gameplay. 
 

The creators of the original have nothing to do with this remake, but the Asypr studio has experience with both Star Wars games and specifically with KOTOR, which they adapted for mobile devices. In addition, some of their employees came from BioWare. For now, they seem to have a lot of respect for the story of the original game - they even hired the same actress for the Bastille.

As for the gameplay, it is not yet clear in which direction their processing will go. It is only interesting that Star Wars: KOTOR has never been available on the PlayStation, and now with the PC version it will only be available on the PlayStation 5 console. 

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Do you believe in the fact that Ubisoft has never made any remakes of any of its old games in its history? Supposedly so, but the ice will break with a remake of the best-accepted game from the Prince of Persia series. At the same time, it is worrying because they gave the task of remaking the cult Sands of Time to completely new teams from India. The initial result did not enchant fans with a below-average visual presentation. 
 

The game was therefore postponed until further notice, and at least it is a sign that the team from Ubisoft still cares not to tarnish the status of the Prince. We keep figuring that the remake will turn out as good as possible in the end, because Sands of Time is a top adventure that everyone should play, and today it can only be reached on a PC, while it cannot be played on current consoles. 

Fear Effect Reinvented

Fear Effect was one of the more famous series in the era of the first PlayStation, but then it just… lost the forced sex appeal? Later, the publishing house Square Enix allowed other developers to revive it, but in 2018 it didn't go very well with the sequel to Fear Effect Sedna. Maybe we will have more luck with reworking the first game? 
 

It’s hard to say anything about it when we have almost no information about the game. The project was announced back in 2017, and the last time the developers said in 2019 that they were working diligently on it. Since then, every trace of Fear Effect Reinvented has been lost. 

Dead Space

The battle against the bloodthirsty Necromorph begins again. In the remake of this 2008 horror game, the main character will have his voice, but he will only talk to his interlocutors and in situations where it would be strange not to comment on anything.

We will see additional depth in the fragmentation of monsters whose decay will be more detailed so that we can visually better determine how much damage we have done to them. When moving around the environment in zero gravity space, the player will be able to float, just like in later Dead Space sequels. 
 

The most exciting part of this reworking, though, will be its audiovisual side. Dead Space is in development for current PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series platform hardware, so we hope for atmospheric lighting, meaty horror, and continuous gaming.

System Shock

It could be said that some games, with their age, justify the need for reworking, and if you agree with that, then System Shock from 1994 deserves its remake. It has been under construction for a long time - even at one point, it became questionable whether the project would be realized.

Namely, the developers at one point added so many new things to the formula of the original game that the resulting product was closer to a reboot of the series than a remake. In the end, they saw the situation and decided to return to the original plan.

As the template here is a 27-year-old game, the remake will look different than a classic space station survival adventure. In addition to different graphics here for taming mutants, we expect completely new weapons such as MK 2100 Magna, LG-XX Plasma Rifle, Laser Rapier, and others. But one thing will remain the same - the hostile A.I. SHODAN will not refrain from insulting the player himself. 

Gothic

The Fantasy RPG series Gothic became increasingly unsuccessful with each subsequent sequel after the deuce. Maybe the recipe for repeated success is a return to the game that started it all? Fans' reactions were divided after it was announced that the 2001 remake of Gothic would belong to the new team, but the THQ Nordica team still gave the green light for the project - they did not invest in Gothic to rot their rights to the series in the attic. 
 

The reworking of Gothic will primarily bring about two major changes. The game will use Unreal Engine 4 and will be closer to today's games - for example, the characters will have more dynamic behavior during dialogue, etc. By far the most drastic change will be in the combat system, which developers say is modernized, and partly reminds us of the mechanics is used in Ubisoft's game For Honor. 

The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe

The narrative adventure The Stanley Parable from 2013 is one of the weirdest games you can play on PC. As the game never came to consoles, so the developers decided to make an Ultra Deluxe edition. However, it’s not just a mere port - Stanley’s adventure will get a bunch of new endings and expanded stories. The developers say that the additional script will be approximately half the length of the original. 
 

Unfortunately, this project is also stuck in development. We were supposed to play the game in 2019, so it was postponed to 2020, and then it was moved to 2021 again. Now we are nearing the end of 2021, and there is no specific release date. But the wait will pay off, take our word for it. 

For now, these are the adaptations we know about, which have already been officially announced. Among those widely rumored and very likely are plans to remake Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid 3, The Last of Us, and perhaps even the first Silent Hill. As soon as we know something about these projects, count on us to write about them.

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