Square Enix goes nostalgic with HD remakes
Square Enix has recently announced that they will be releasing high definition (HD) remakes of their most popular older titles. According to their 2015 Annual Report, they plan on developing HD versions of their past intellectual property (IP) for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 by 2016.
“We will revitalise some of our strong IPs in ways that meet the needs of the modern gaming market,” stated the 2015 report. “For example, we will take an IP developed for earlier generations of game consoles and recreate it for the latest consoles.”
The most hyped remake announced by Square Enix so far, is their popular 1997 role-playing game, “Final Fantasy VII.” While many are excited to see their favorite Square Enix titles reborn with better graphics, some are worried that this will cause the company to focus more on remakes than producing new content. The chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, Peter Moore, said his company will avoid remaking their games because “it feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas.”
“Remakes, because of who we are, and this broad portfolio of intellectual property…you add all that together, I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes,” said Moore. “We’re a company that just likes to push forward.”
Square Enix could find success with their remakes, if they offer another reason for fans to replay their old titles on a new system, other than just upgrading the graphics. Nintendo’s 3DS remake of the Nintendo 64 game, “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” saw success because they added new features, such as the ability to refight bosses, improved camera angles, and restructured dungeons. While the full extent of the changes made to Square Enix’s HD versions isn’t known, they did state in their report that they want to implement virtual reality (VR) in their remakes.
“We will also explore possibilities involving VR,“ said the report. “We want our longtime fans to relish reliving past experiences with a freshness that only the latest in technology can provide, while at the same time have new customers enjoy the IP as though it were brand new.”
If Square Enix continues releasing original content alongside their HD remakes, then it won’t likely cause a problem for the company. As long as they make enough changes, while maintaining the experience that made the games great to begin with, many gamers will be excited to play their favorite old titles on a new generation console.
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