We were expecting way more remasters to pop up during Sony’s big Gamescom 2014 press conference this week, but they never really materialised. Until Dawn got re-announced for the PlayStation 4, sure, and Journey and The Unfinished Swan also put in their expected appearances – but that was it. And speaking with CVG, SCEE boss Jim Ryan has elaborated a little upon the firm’s decision behind that.
“One of the things that we've seen this [generation] is that people have transitioned from a competitor platform last generation to the PS4 this time around, and to allow those people to be able to experience a game like The Last of Us, which they weren't able to last time because they were playing something else, that's just common sense,” he said.
However, the firm is aware of the dangers of this. “I think that it's got to be looked at very holistically; you can't have too many of these things otherwise next-gen just looks like rehashed last-gen, and we certainly don't want that. I think that the balance is just about right.” Ryan concluded that there are other titles that could get remastered, but this entire initiative will eventually pass its “sell-by date”.
Is there anything else that you’re screaming for a PS4 port of? We reckon from a first-party perspective that Beyond: Two Souls, the Uncharted trilogy, and some kind of God of War Collection featuring God of War III and God of War: Ascension would wrap things up nicely. Beyond that, though, we think that we’ve got everything that we want.