Sony seems to be all about the remastering older games these days, as ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are the latest games to hop on the HD bandwagon. The two PlayStation 2 titles, forming the ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, is released today exclusively for the PlayStation 3.
The Collection, developed by Fumito Ueda, has been upgraded to 1080p HD and includes improved frame rates, 3D graphics, 7.1 surround sound, and trophy support. Bonus video content features interviews with Ueda and the development staff as well as never-before-seen concept art for both titles and a preview of Ueda’s upcoming game, The Last Guardian.
“By bringing these two titles to the PS3, we are excited to introduce a whole new generation of gamers to these timeless classics,” says Scott A. Steinberg, VP of Sony Computer Entertainment America. “With bonus video content, Trophies, stereoscopic 3D support, and HD graphics, we’re also giving fans of the original games the chance to experience the wonder of both adventures all over again in an entirely new way.”
ICO, an action-adventure puzzle game ahead of its genre, was originally released in North America in Fall 2001. The game’s artistic minimalism and spin on the classic “boy-meets-girl” trope wowed gamers and critics and quickly became a cult hit. Fans of the game will be ecstatic to hear that its inclusion in the Collection is accompanied by the game’s full ending, never before released in North America.
Shadow of the Colossus, released by Ueda and his team four years after ICO, compounded concepts and elements from its predecessor while redefining the action game genre. The game’s focus is its sixteen larger-than-life boss battles, which provide the baseline for the terrible sacrifice the protagonist must make to achieve his goal.
The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection is available exclusively for the Playstation 3 for $39.99.