God of War Collection started an awesome fad; remastered PS2 games playable in glorious HD. Expect more best-selling, critically-acclaimed PS2 games to follow suit. While the Team ICO Collection is on everyone’s radar right now, let’s not count out Beyond Good and Evil. We all know this game’s story; widely praised by critics yet flopping in sales due to Ubisoft’s poorly-timed release (competing alongside their very own Prince of Persia…seriously Ubi?). Well…it looks like the developer won’t make the same mistake twice. Thanks to the renewed interest of the franchise with the announcement of the highly-anticipated sequel, Ubisoft will be releasing a remastered version of the original in early 2011! We all knew that the developer had to re-release the original at some point in order to advertise the sequel.
The big catch here is the platform of choice; this will not be a disc-based release. Instead, it will be heading to Xbox Live and PSN. Very smart move on Ubisoft’s part. Size restrictions on digital services are almost a thing of a past today, and even then I don’t expect BG&E to be that big of a game. Besides, digital distribution will guarantee that the game does not get swiped off the face of the earth by other high-profile retail games in 2011 (especially the Team ICO Collection). In fact, there’s a bigger chance of success as it will undoubtedly be the highlight of both digital services.
I’m one of those unfortunate gamers who skipped on the original release date, so expect me to jump on that HD bandwagon. You should, too. I’m expecting a price of 15$…not bad for a full-fledged PS2 HD remaster.
Source: worthplaying (via Lens of Truth)