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Submitted by kev987 1601d ago | opinion piece

Why are developers bringing us back a generation?

In the past few years the trend for releasing classic old games in shiny new HD has risen dramatically. So too has the release of prequels to classic series like Halo and Deus Ex been on the rise. So why is the gaming industry taking us back to the start of the last generation of games? Is it a step back in development or a way to remember better times? (Deus Ex, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, PC, PS2, PS3, Retro, Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360)

Godmars290  +   1601d ago
They don't know what to do with this one.
Many devs can't risk spending a lot of money on new IPs, so they're going back to old ones.
gw4k  +   1601d ago
Back a generation? Are your retarded? Seriously?
Do I even need to argue this or can you guys figure this out on your own?

The reticule .com is known for stupid articles and at least they are staying true to themselves. Good work!
Chocoboh  +   1601d ago
And then you have SquareEnix milking the name "Final Fantasy" when Squaresoft are the ones that made the name and the actually good games worth playing.
kreate  +   1601d ago
But devs who are doing these hd remakes are the ones who can take the risk of spending a lot of money.

Also remakes has been coming for the last 10 - 15 years. Its not anything new.

But there is a demand for it. Since its the first time remakes or re-releases whatever u want to call them, are coming out in hd. As well as collecting trophies/achievements for popular last gen games.

Gamers want it, developers want to sell it, its a fast process, win win win for most of us.
BeOneWithTheGun  +   1600d ago
I don't mind if they are done properly. Also, for younger gamers who might have not played the originals, it is a great way to get familiar with the franchise.
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BroGamer  +   1601d ago
Like Godmars290 said, a lot of them are playing it safe. Proven formula creates limited risk. Also, a lot of HD remakes are in preparation for sequels/future titles such as ICO/SoTC for Last Guardian. Its an expensive but effective marketing tool.
Caleb_141  +   1601d ago
Not expensive if the remakes go on to sell lots of copies as I imagine the MGS and Ico/SotC collections will be.
Burning_Finger  +   1601d ago
Funding for the next IP or sequels.

Okami HD for Vita would be epic.

or Okamiden port on the vita would be heavenly.
TheColbertinator  +   1601d ago
Personally I welcome some of the remakes like Persona 4,Final Fantasy X,Metal Gear Solid 3 and Halo.Those games symbolize the creative flair that the industry once had.However I know they are cash-ins and offer little to gamers now.
Mgs4isOverrated  +   1601d ago
Basic business laws:

Give what consumers want = $

Do you really think the CEO's and people in charge of it all were like, "It would be uber cool to see an HD 3D version of chrono trigger.....OMg OMG make it make it!!"
Saladfax  +   1600d ago
Only one change:

It's not give what consumers want; it's give what consumers will tolerate at the best expense/profit ratio.
Ulf  +   1601d ago
Porting a game to HD is MUCH less expensive than authoring a new one. The only development resource required is engineering, with maybe some artists thrown in, if a high-quality HD upgrade is desired.

This small team of folks are also able to usually crank out these ports, in less than 1/3 to 1/4th the time of a "real" HD game, yet the titles probably garner 1/3rd to 1/2 the income that a "real" HD game would. 1/3rd the income for what is probably 1/8th to 1/10th the cost (smaller team * less time) -- pretty good deal for the publishers. On top of all that, the dev houses that make HD remakes usually have NO rights whatsoever to the IP, and are basically doing the job for a one-time dev contract (just to keep their studio busy in these tough times). All of the profit, hence, belongs to the publisher alone.

Cult classics are pretty much guaranteed to sell enough copies to make the publisher money. Making the books look good is pretty important, particularly in these bad economic days -- hence, HD remakes.
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Excited2play  +   1601d ago
It's purely a profit deal. Luckily for us gamers the titles the dev's are remastering are the cream of the last gen crop.

As strange at it may sound, quite a few people missed out on the opportunity to play some of these titles because of the sheer amount of games that were released last generation.

It's important to realize that a great game only usually took 1-2 years to complete, were now it's usually 2-3 years.

And since most people now have HDTV's..why not give gamers old and new a second chance to play some of the gems they missed, or simply want to experience again.

I doubt any of us really mind as long as the price and content are there. New IP's are still very important though.

I'm hoping to see Dragon Quest 8 HD and Dark Cloud 2 HD cause that would make my year!!
Troll-without-Bridge  +   1601d ago
Because it was better than this one.
BrianC6234  +   1601d ago
This guy seems to think everyone has their old consoles and will set them back up and play them again. A lot of people don't have an old console. These HD remakes are great. There are extras with most of them like trophies. The games are cheaper too. Nobody says you have to buy them.
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1601d ago
How come people complain about these HD remakes and re releases. They compllain about God of War Sly Metal Gear and Final Fantasy 10. But how come no one complains about the releases of CoD every year. It's pretty much the same thing as all these remakes. But no none of these articles ever brings up cod.
kev987  +   1601d ago
Or for that matter Fifa, F1 and basically all sport games that are released year after year. But yes I agree with you
sonicsidewinder  +   1601d ago
generic cod comment.
Pikajew  +   1601d ago
Because last gen was better
Capt-FuzzyPants  +   1601d ago
Yea that's pretty much it.
AhnnQuirajj  +   1601d ago
They do remakes or re-use IPs to get people familiar with them again/for the first time so they can make more games based on the franchise.
GTRrocker  +   1601d ago
This is easy. Because game development companies don't want to risk creating a new IP that may fail. This would cost them a lot of money. And in an age where game companies are disappearing at the drop of a hat with risky business decisions I don't really blame them from a business standpoint. So in turn they look for an alternative and go to franchises that are, or were, popular. It is much easier to revitalize an already existing franchise than to create one completely from scratch.

As a gamer I would prefer new IP's. But also I don't mind if they use existing franchises as long as they improve upon them or do something completely new with them. I love the new Deus Ex game. I never even got a chance to play the old ones, so I am happy they made that prequel. But at the end of the day I just want to play good games. As long as they are good and provide good story telling that is deep I am a happy guy.
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2v1  +   1601d ago
dude you got to get to the source the sion will b free

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