It is becoming more and more popular to turn your nose up when a company announces a high-definition re-release of an old franchise. I feel like people are so jaded these days. They do not stop to think about what a cleaned up, trophy/achievement-filled, current-gen version of someone’s favorite game could mean to them. On the business side of things, yes, these companies are cashing in on old games because it will make them a buck. However, are the company’s motives why we play games? Of course not.
At Konami’s E3 conference this year, they announced a plethora of HD collections. With Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders joining previously announced titles, like Resident Evil, in getting the HD treatment, it is easy to see why naysayers would scoff at the news. The list is getting longer and longer, but let’s be honest, it is only annoying until a franchise or game that you love gets the treatment.
We talked about this on the podcast when the Sly Collection came out. These re-releases are not only a way for old fans to relive their favorite games, but also a chance to bring in a whole new audience of people who may have missed it the first time around. I had never played a Sly game before the HD collection. Now I cannot wait for the newly announced Sly 4! It made a fan out of me, and that alone makes it worth it.
What I am saying is, keep an open mind. Pumping old games into the pipeline may seem stupid but remember that only the greatest titles have fans hardcore enough to convince these publisher that it is a good idea to re-release them. These games are good for the industry in every way. They let old fans know they have not been forgotten, and bringing in new ones that may have missed out the first time.
What games do you guys hope to see?