The PlayStation 4 remake of XIII very quietly released on PlayStation 4 last week, and to say it was met with an overwhelming amount of negativity would probably be an understatement. The classic comic book art style is nowhere to be seen, instead looking like a Fortnite rip-off, and bugs and glitches have been plaguing the experience from day one. Publisher Microids has now responded to the intense criticism with a post on its official website, but the team appears to have missed the point entirely.
It reads: "First and foremost, we would like to offer our most sincere apologies for the game’s technical issues. In its present state, XIII does not meet our quality standards and we fully understand players’ frustrations. The pandemic has impacted the game’s production on many levels. Pivoting to home working for the teams has added unexpected delays in the development schedule and the QA process. We hoped we would be able to provide a Day One patch fixing all the issues but the development of this update is taking more time than expected."
Yes, those technical problems should be fixed as soon as possible, but that's not the remake's biggest issue — it's the complete lack of the original's stylised art style. The statement makes absolutely no mention of the flaw, suggesting that it won't be changed post-launch. Microids goes on to mention that a detailed road map is on its way, which will highlight free updates that include "new levels, weapons, skins and modes for the local multiplayer." Again, no mention of the art style fans were hoping to see given a new lease of life in 2020.
It looks like the visuals of this poor XII remake for PS4 are here to stay then. What do you make of Microids' response? Share your thoughts in the comments below.