HD Collections and games being HD'ed have become a big thing at the end of this cycle. Game companies seem to be trying to capitalise on a little to no work ratio, where they can appease a number of fans. Which as a fan, like me, would gladly pay.
Right this second I am eagerly awaiting the release of Okami HD on PSN. I longed to play that game at launch on PS2 but due to similar circumstance with Asura's Wrath, copies did not find their way into my local shop and this was before the mass internet buying push so I naturally forgot. Zone of the Enders HD Collection is another set of games I long to play again but this for me at least releases in a month not tomorrow.
With Rockstar Games constantly pushing out anniversary editions of their games for iOS and Android users, one must ask the question where is the GTA 3 HD versions for consoles?
Right now Rockstar are beaming with energy with the people awaiting the release of Vice City's anniversary edition in a similar vein of GTA 3 anniversary edition but what about the people who bought the game originally? The ones that started the phenomenon that is now know as one of the best franchises in the world?
- PSN users get a PS2 classic version, and Vice City and San Andreas have recently been rated on ESRB. No upgrades just a simple re-release, this time digitally.
- XBox users have a similar treatment with San Andreas on the store. But supposedly Rockstar have said in their newswire that they are unable to bring either 3 or Vice City to the Xbox 360 because of compatibility issues. http://www.rockstargames.co...
Is this a worrying shift? Rockstar turning their back on the people, the fans, who helped push the games to worldwide acclaim and a little work is too much. Forget HD versions for a second, right now XBox users who supported 3 and VC when it was released are unable to play the game on their console through digital means. Yet at the same time are pushing these new releases on iOS and Android which have most likely had work done on them.
Now back onto the HD topic with the financial success and news worthy mentions of the HD Collections already released and to be released surely this concept should have crossed their minds? GTA 3, VC and SA are some of the best selling games across two consoles of last generation bringing them to this generation shouldn't be that hard; get the game, make sure that it runs on the system, HD them, add in an trophy/achievement system, stick it on a disc and done. How hard is that?
But the problem is quite simple, we are not relevant enough to put that much effort into. Bringing them to an expanding market of iOS and Android phones on the Anniversary date is 'relevant' to them, where the purpose of bringing them can be seen. Bringing it to a console, which a lot of people can simply stick in a disk or even download it, why bother doing anything special for them.
Its a shame. In nearly every mention of GTA a HD Collection is always mentioned. People want a HD Collection of GTA 3, GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. I even want Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories to be brought into the collection so that everyone can play this long sort after and excellent collection.
So please. Make your voices heard remind them to create a HD Collection.