For a lot of PlayStation fans, the release of The Last of Us: Part I perplexed them. The game – less than a decade old, and already remastered for the PS4 – was treated to a magnificent remake by Naughty Dog, much to the bemusement of sceptics. Now there’s speculation that Sony will also remake Horizon Zero Dawn, a game that’s just five years old.
According to PS Studios boss Hermen Hulst, the decision to remake The Last of Us was only partly motivated by its upcoming HBO show. Speaking with Axios, he explained that the original release was “a little ahead of its time in terms of its creative vision, [and] against the limitations of the technology at the time”. As such, the platform holder wanted to have a “definitive version”.
Referring to the television adaptation, starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey, he said that it wasn’t the “sole reason, or maybe not even the main reason” for the remake. He added: “Obviously, if you can let that coincide, that’s the Holy Grail, right?” We imagine it’s not going to hurt, with interest in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt rocketing following the success of the Netflix show.
These are interesting comments from Hulst, though, and they appear to suggest Sony will consider other remakes for games it considers important in its catalogue – assuming they were in some way restricted by the technology of the time. To be fair, it’s nothing new: we’ve seen the company revisit releases like Shadow of the Colossus in the past – a title which also received a remaster and a remake, just like The Last of Us.
Is there any outing in PlayStation’s portfolio that you think it should remake? As always, share your suggestions in the comments section below.