All good things must come to an end
Welcome back! It is a new Tuesday, which means tonight there will be a new episode of Spot Dodge Podcast exclusively on Destructoid. Topics: With the controversy around the web regarding Sony possibly remaking/remastering Horizon Zero Dawn, I thought it’d be fun to do a roundtable discussion about what our favorite and actually necessary remakes/remasters have been throughout the years.
Sony’s new obsession
The discussion around 2013’s The Last of Us remake hasn’t stopped since Sony revealed it. Many gamers deem it totally unnecessary. Now, as mentioned above, Sony is rumored to be remaking 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn. A much newer and even more unnecessary game to remake. The extremity of this remake/remaster is still a mystery — It’s said to receive updated character models, textures, and lighting. Akin to the aforementioned Last of Us Part 1. Needless to say, it’s not a very good look for Sony. And brings the company’s creative investments into question.
Sony is squeezing its beloved AAA titles dry, which makes sense, these games are largely unmatched and it wants as many gamers as possible to buy/play them. But while extracting as much value from them as possible, the company keeps making boneheaded decisions like charging $70 for The Last of Us Part 1 with no upgrade path for those who bought the game once or twice before.
With all that said, Sony’s slate of previously released “masterpieces” is running low — There aren’t many gems left that wouldn’t need an entire retooling in the modern era. Bloodborne and God of War (2018) are the final options that come to mind. So even if the company does continue to go down this road, it won’t be for much longer.
Our lovely cast from around the web: Brett Medlock (me) and Mary Stowe from Destructoid, John Friscia from The Escapist, Greg Bargas from PC Invasion, and Brett Larsen, our extra special guest. Behind the scenes, we have Gamur’s Eric Weichhart live-editing the show.
Spot Dodge is a weekly Nintendo Podcast here at Destructoid where we dedicate an hour or two to go over the latest Nintendo news and discuss the games we’re playing. If you’re a fan of Nintendo Switch, RPGs, or having a good time, Spot Dodge will be a great addition to your podcast rotation.
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