PlayStation-related news can come from pretty much anywhere these days. Today, it's come from a radio interview with Éabha McMahon, also known by her stage name, AVA. Chatting about her career in an afternoon slot on WLR FM, the Irish singer-songwriter has casually revealed she's been working on a "PlayStation game" with composer Michael McGlynn.
Asked for more details on the project, AVA explains that McGlynn reached out to her and said he was "writing music for a remake of a PlayStation game", and that they were looking for an "Irish language piece". AVA's involvement went as far as writing Irish language lyrics for some music in this mystery game. That's not all, though: apparently, this game will be formally announced "at Christmas". Though she's not too familiar with games, she is aware that this is a "big" game.
Obviously this begs a couple of questions. When exactly will this title be revealed, and of course, what is it? The first of those is maybe easier to answer; Geoff Keighley's annual Game Awards show is set to take place on 9th December, which is only a couple of weeks out from the holiday. That seems the most likely venue for the announcement of a big PlayStation remake.
As for what this game is, it could be numerous different things. Something important to note is that, just because the game is being referred to as a PlayStation game, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a PlayStation Studios, first party project. It's probably more likely to be a third party title coming to PS5, among other platforms.
Then there's the matter of which games might have some need for an Irish language track. Fans have done a bit of digging, and it turns out that Procyon Studio, a music production company led by Yasunori Mitsuda, has recently been working with McGlynn and his daughter. AVA says McGlynn's daughter sings the vocals on the Irish language song for this game. Putting these things together, fans are speculating about a remake of Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenoblade, and others.
The truth is, this is all rather vague information — all that's known is that some kind of "big" remake is set to be announced in December. What do you make of all this? Discuss in the comments section below.
[source wlrfm.com, via gematsu.com, resetera.com, twitter.com]
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Knack remake with Irish folk songs!
The only game I recall being set in Ireland was a game called Folklore but that was on PS3. This game doesn't mention anything about being set in Ireland though just Irish language music.
I'm really curious what this could be.
I hate to do it, but my first obvious thought was "The best is yet to come" from Metal Gear Solid
The Getaway: Dublin
Soul Reaver 2 be sure 2 be sure
Isn't Metal Gear Solid's song sung in Irish?.......(sigh) here we go again
@Throb Please don't 😂
There is no way it's Xenoblade.
I really hope it's Xenogears since it has never been remastered for modern consoles and PC, even when Square Enix celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Same goes for Chrono Cross.
I would also really love a Xenosaga Trilogy HD Remastered collection that has all three PS2 games remastered, with dual audio and completely uncensored since both the US and Japanese releases of the Xenosaga games had censorship but it varied depending on the region (one scene may be censored in the US but not in Japan and vice versa).
And as a tie-in, I would also love an international release of the DS demake of Xenosaga I & II (which had many exclusive scenes that fleshed out the story and had some changes in plot from the PS2 version, but it has never been stated which version was canon) for mobile phones and Switch.
Legend of dragoon! One can hope!
Nvidia leaks mentioned Chrono Cross so this has to be it
Man I would lose my mind over a Xenogears remake… But that seems unlikely
"fans are speculating about a remake of Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenoblade, and others"
Ah, yes, Xenoblade, a famous PlayStation game and definitely not remade a year ago.
But since we have a named source for the first time in forever, might as well speculate for real. What old game could be remade with an Irish song therein? Folklore announcement would be a frabjous day (unless it's a PS5 exclusive😅).
Man you got it!
I'd love it if this turned out to be a Folklore remake. Such a great game! Sadly though as much as I would like that to be the case I doubt it is since she calls it a "big" game. I doubt it's that one since Folklore is the definition of a cult classic.
I'd love to be wrong though! Always thought that game didn't get the respect it deserves.
@Shepherd_Tallon That's a good call. Didn't know that song's lyrics were written by an Irish person.
Given fall/holiday 2021 doesn't have much going on for the PS front but early 2022 onwards is looking extremely strong, I could honestly see Sony bring back PSX around December 11th. In the past PSX happened 2 days after the Game Awards.
In non-videogamer language “PlayStation game” means Video Game. Like “Hoover” means Vaccum.
@CobraKaiGuy that was my first RPG turn based battle game, I fell in love with the over the top crazy elemental casts and the game in general was pretty.. I used to play it on my ps1.. Definite gaming history
Please be Dragons Dogma
It's obviously Um Jammer Lammy - Riverdance Edition™
@RubyCarbuncle that's a game that I would like to see remastered, I really enjoyed folklore
Fingers crossed for a remake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PUTN834bR0
@MakersMark was my 2nd after ff7 and boy as good as ff7 is to me, LoD equals it if not slightly better.......I mean comeon, collecting dragon souls to turn into a dragoon warrior is bad as&
Legend of dragoon remake let's goo!
I also accept ape escape remake.
@Gizmo4383 Same. It was different and that's definitely something we could do with more of.
@Korgon You never know.
MGS1 had a Irish language track in it...Well ok it didn't but that is the only big PS1 game I really want Well I wouldn't mind Ape Escape 1 and...ENDLESS List really.
As others have said — Folklore was what first came to mind when I saw it was Irish
Colony Wars please.
Parappa the rapper vr
Wouldn't mind a syphon filter or legacy of kain remake
Let's see, what Playstation IP would use Irish vocals? I feel like that should narrow it down quite a bit.
Sorry guys, I know you are tired of hearing this, but it 1000% points to the first Metal Gear Solid game. Its the only game in Playstation history - to my knowledge - that features a Gaelic voice track... and its the friggin' main theme of the game.
If the info reported here is accurate, it is Metal Gear Solid.
@Shepherd_Tallon Hi there friend.
That was exactly what I was thinking.
A Remake of a PSone game, irish song, I imediatly went to MGS beautiful ending theme, "The Best is Yet to Come".
Oh man, if that turns out to be true, there will be a 36, almost 37 year old man cry tears of blissful happiness.
MGS is one of the most influential games of all time.
A game that changed everything I thought about videogames and what they could be in the future.
One can only hope man.
Cheers, stay safe good people and happy gaming to us all
I believe it's the only Playstation game ever to feature a Gaelic voice track. See my comment above, it is 99.8% likely its Metal Gear Solid. I'd bet anyone here my firstborn child.
@CobraKaiGuy Hi there friend.
That is another really great take.
LoD was one of the absolute best jrpgs on Psone, an instant classic that could rival with the best in it´s kind.
I always thought Sony would do a sequel, since those games were pretty popular at the time.
MGS is my dream, but LoD is a close third.
My second? Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Dream land I know 😜
Cheers, stay safe and have a good one
PaRappa The Rapper, Vagrant Story, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Silent Hill, Xenogears, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night or maybe MGS.
@Korgon @RubyCarbuncle Hi there friends.
There´s a name i haven´t heard in a while.
Folklore was such an hidden gem way back then.
Sure it wasn´t perfect, but the style, the story and the idea was pretty good in my opinion.
I could see it happening. Not that far reached at all.
Cheers, stay safe you two and have a good one
@UnlimitedSevens Hi there friend.
Yeah, it really does look like it is MGS.
I don´t want to put my hopes up, but that is one of the few remakes that would put me in tears of joy.
Very few things can make that much emotional, but that would be one of them.
We´ll probably see if it is true on The Game Awards.
Cheers, stay safe and have a good one
Cheers! Folklore was a great game...
Sadly, I don't see that game being fully remastered. A sequel was planned and canceled due to poor sales.
Also, just to tie it in to the story, although the setting was Ireland, Folklore's soundtrack was not really done in a Celtic style and had no Gaelic language tracks.
A Folklore sequel would be grand though! Also, Chrono Cross is one of my favorite games of all time. While my favorite video game franchise is MGS, I'd prefer Chrono Cross. I just don't see any PS1-era game besides MGS happening due to the economic realities of remaking an old game like that.
Oh be still my beating heart.
Don't you guys give me hope for more Chrono or a Xenogears remake.
Stop it! You will break my heart.
My guess here is the rumored MGS remake.
I think I would cry tears of joy too! Im old too (31 years and counting), and MGS is my favorite franchise.
Frankly, out of all the endless rumors we've heard, this tidbit is the most concrete evidence of a MGS remake we've gotten so far. It feels like a slip-up we weren't supposed to know, considering you dont hear Gaelic language tracks in games very often (I'd hazard a guess you could count videogames featuring a Gaelic track on one hand, of all the games ever made since the dawn of the medium).
This reeks of Kojima, as he is very experimental with his soundtrack choices.
"Chatting about her career in an afternoon slot on WLR FM, the Irish singer-songwriter has casually revealed she's been working on a "PlayStation game" with composer Michael McGlynn."
"Putting these things together, fans are speculating about a remake of Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenoblade, and others."
Ah yes, Xenoblade Chronicles, my absolute favorite Playstation game.
If it happens, awesome. But I'll be cynical and assume this is just an unproven rumour.
@UnlimitedSevens you have my attention in the notion this game could be a MGS remake. I would love nothing more than to see that become a reality. PlayStation has so many great games to choose from it’s massive library to introduce to a new generation, and to provide its original audience a trip down memory lane. I know I for one can’t wait to see which game they’ve selected to remake. Sony about to send off 2021 in style!
Literally exactly what i thought. If Konami can actually pull their head out of their a$$ and actually do a Capcom style redemption then that would be great.
Sorry to burst the bubble but if Konami is making an MGS remake i am 99 percent sure Kojima wont be involved. That bridge has burned.
I think it would be amazing to re-introduce MGS to a new generation of gamers. Truly one of the all-time greats. A Chrono Cross remake would be heavenly too, but I just don't see that happening unfortunately.
Agreed! I doubt Kojima is involved either, I meant that more along the lines of Kojima chooses an eclectic set of songs for his soundtracks and MGS1 was no exception back in the day. Hence the Gaelic main theme.
But yeah, Kojima being directly involved with any remake is a reach.
I don't think he would need to be involved for a straight up remake though. The blueprint is already there, they just have to re-do it. And if they are re-recording the main theme (as I suspect), it means they are going the extra mile to make it faithful.
@UnlimitedSevens Hey friend.
A man of good taste I see 👍
Both Chrono Cross and Metal gear Solid were amazing PSone games.
I loved the twist Masato Kato did in Chrono Cross.
Blew me away when I was a kid.
MGS was, is and will always be my number one videogame franchise, followed by Mass Effect and the Legacy of Kain Soul Reaver series.
Games that left me such an impression, that to this day I still think about them and play them every once in a while.
Everyone can be Comander Shepard, Raziel is such an intriguing and tragic figure and Solid Snake Blew me away when he said to Otacon is real name. Because it´s my name to 😉
This is why some remakes are so wanted.
These games were absolutely phenomenal.
Cheers, stay safe and all the best
Putting these things together, fans are speculating about a remake of Chrono Cross, Xenogears, "Xenoblade", and others.
Err, you guys sure it's Xenoblade and not "Xenosaga"? Which I'm down btw. Kos-Mos needs to return to the next-gen consoles
@Shepherd_Tallon just what I was thinking
Tomba, it’s gotta be Tomba
@RubyCarbuncle That's what I thought when I read the first part. Though, that game wasn't massive. Also, it looks like it will be something else probably.
@shonenjump86 Not even sure how that would turn out in anything other than 2.5d lol
MGS surely. The ending theme slaps.
Haha, David is a strong name. Which reminds me, one of the things they really, really have to do to get a MGS1 remake right is to make sure David Hayter is doing the lines.
Just reaching at straws, but whoever remakes this game will get Hayter on board - his performance was iconic and absolutely crucial. He is also very open to doing more Solid Snake voice work.
If they are re-recording the theme right now, it stands to reason they would have started the voice work too. Hayter is really open about the projects he is working on online, and I bet he will let something slip...
Dude is a legend but not good at keeping secrets.
Fingers crossed that its Life of Black Tiger
@RubyCarbuncle I really liked that game. 😁
Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenoblade that would be awsome i have seen enough MGS the twin snakes as a 4K upgrade would be good enough for me.
... How are you guys getting Metal Gear Solid from Yasunori Mitsuda? This is 100% Xenosaga or Xenogears, considering his connection with both those games and Celtic-style music. Why would Mitsuda be composing for Metal Gear Solid?
@IonMagi the leaks also mentioned mario games so i don't think its a real list.
@Integrity colony wars had tons of irish music in it
@twitchtvpat plus it is Shane MacGowan's favourite game
It really is a strong name 😉
And David Hayter is the only voice of Solid Snake. At least the English one. Just like Akio Otsuka is the Japanese voice for him.
All the cast were phenomenal in MGS.
But David Hayter knock it out of the park.
Man I want that Remake so bad now.
Why are they giving me hope.....
Oh well 😜
We can dream.
Always great to find another MGS fan.
I just want them to give me Metal Gear so people would finally stop giving me hope and making me sad almost daily...
@Integrity i was kidding about the music , but really i don't know why Colony wars was forgotten about , would love to see sony revisit that series , now that they expanded their studio in the uk
Let’s just hope she is right and we finally get the reveal at the Game Awards. We need that Metal Gear Solid remake!!
What legacy game has an Irish backdrop? I'm drawing blanks.
I hope for The Legend of Dragoon remake!
@Perryg92 The Getaway was clunky but I liked it a lot back then
Maybe Syphon Filter? It had a Dublin mission
I'm hoping it's The getaway, since it was a first party game. Metal gear solid is a third party game and I don't want it to be exclusive to 1 platform.
A lot of pointing at Mitsuda here. Just looking at the mans schedule for the last 3 years, he hasn't had the time to revisit any of his previous works. Meanwhile a perfectly good MGS remake rumor has been floating around for much longer in conjunction with a Bluepoint acquisition. Much of what we've heard out of bluepoint has been what they are gearing up for next, nothing on what they've been working on along side Demon's Souls and the time since its release.
If you're going to speculate don't dump off the rails for a random inaccurate speculation. Especially when the rumor stems from Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and not anything else Mitsuda has worked on. XC2 has a different composer, that should tell you something right there about these rumors.
Xenogears Collection remake/remaster would be sweet, I own them but never played.
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