Up For Debate - Developers Focusing On Remasters Vs New Games

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Jun 25, 2016 11:30 AM

There was a bit of a trend that started a few years back, pretty much initiated by Sony, whereby some old games would be tarted up a bit, have an HD logo slapped on them, and then slotted into a remastered collection at the same price as a brand new product. I say was, but there still is, although it’s becoming steadily more ridiculous these days, and it’s certainly spread far from the confines of Sony.

To be clear, I’m talking remasters, not remakes. These games are fundamentally not altered in any significant way, just made to look and sound nicer than they could at launch. We now get remasters for the most bizarre games. Dead Island: Definitive Edition anyone? Prototype HD? Dishonored? God of War 3? Who exactly is asking for these? Surely there must only be about three people on Earth who wanted a mildly touched up version of Dead Island: Riptide. I mean, it only came out three years ago.

Take a glance at the upcoming games release schedule and you’ll see it’s full of far more than its fair share of remasters. These are games we can go out and buy right now, but instead hundreds of talented developers are expending a huge amount of time and effort on making old games look a little bit better. Wouldn’t we prefer more new games? Onwards and upwards and all that.

The latest culprit is of course, deep breath, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition. It ran like a piping hot turd on consoles so I sort of get that, but the PC version less so. With mods you can get Skyrim looking far, far better than this remastered version could ever hope to be. Wouldn’t Bethesda’s time be best served focusing all of its development duties on The Elder Scrolls VI rather than a game we’ve all played to death already?

So who here enjoys remasters? Do you have pick up a game you already own just for the visual improvements? Would you prefer development resources be dedicated solely to new games? Let us know!

What do you think of remasters?

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15:54 Jul-02-2016

I dont think we need skyrim remaster i have modded game to high limit and already been through the whole skyrim map 10s of times

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19:09 Jun-28-2016

Remastering is fine. Remastering for games no one plays isn't. Remastering a game such as TES V is, IMO, completely justified. The game was amazing and I look forward playing it again. My friends and I are going to have a race to level 100 on PS4 when it releases lol. Although I look forward to TES VI, it's better than waiting another five years with literally nothing.

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13:27 Jun-26-2016

On pc you dont need remasters because of the great modding community which can keep the game looking great and even add new mechanics but this doesnt happen with every game. But the more choices you have the better.

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02:33 Jun-26-2016

Greatest games. Anyone want Chrono Trigger in better graphics? :D
And why do I have a character limit here?

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06:47 Jun-26-2016

Your character limit depends on your rank. As your rank increases, the character limit increases too. Im at Rank 6 and character limit is 600. So i guess its an increase of 100 characters per rank.

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00:22 Jun-26-2016

Remastering is not a bad idea at at all, especially if was done on an older exclusive and brought to other platforms with updated graphic and general improvements. I still play some of these games such as older final fantasy games on PC

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13:16 Jun-26-2016

Never played a Remastered edition coz basically there's nothing now except the Graphics, But I'm in Favors or doing Remasters only for popular games and I'd like to see "Max Payne Remastered", not just game graphics but everything like effects and all like MP3.

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20:20 Jun-25-2016

i don't think its a waste of time.there is a whole lot of games i played on my old pc that just don't work on win 10 or are on 720p 30 fps locked.remaster some of them would make me happy to play them again...wouldn't some of u like a better graphics fallout 3,some crysis 1 or need for speed game?if it takes more then 10 programmers and 5 days to do something like that then it is a waste of time...im not talking about making a new engine for an old game just hd textures.

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17:44 Jun-25-2016

What does the "Not Fussed" option mean?
My opinion on this is that, they should remake games that are really old, like Deus Ex, Tomb Raider game (maybe?), the earlier Elder Scrolls games, The Wolfenstein game, Golden Eye game. I actually dont know much about the older games, i didnt start gaming until quite recently. So, i feel like remasters could be a great way, to introduce the newer generations to the gems of the older generations. I mean, i feel like trying a retro game quite often, but the graphics really discourage me and i finally end up not playing it anyway.

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19:26 Jun-25-2016

Not fussed means not concerned. I completely agree with your thought :) I really want metal gear solid 1 and 2 remastered .

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06:49 Jun-26-2016

Thanks for that, so i guess i'll vote "Only For The Greatest Games".

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17:26 Jun-25-2016

Well my fellow gamers this our fault. We are the who made the remasters/reskins of the same games more profitable than new ip. It's not just remasters until we vote with our money against Cod 27 and Assassins creed 12 don't expect change

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16:47 Jun-25-2016

I would rather have developers focus on new games. Don't spend time and resources on remasters.

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16:05 Jun-25-2016

I kind of wish they would focus on remastering games like the original Deus Ex or even older the original Elder Scrolls for example. You know games that are so old they sometimes don't really work. I feel like remastering would be great for games from the 90's. Maybe that's just me, but I would love to play theses old games that were "before my time".

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16:07 Jun-25-2016

PS. not saying 90's were old I just mean they are older than games made in the mid 2000's which seems to be the focal point of remastering for some reason.

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20:13 Jun-25-2016

i played diablo 2 on windows 10 with the latest patch so i know what u mean :P

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15:59 Jun-25-2016

To be fair TESV not only focuses on graphics but it lifts the limit of modders, so... If it now runs on 64bits it will perform better than its predecessor using a larger mod support and people like me that doesn't have an all-powerful pc to use ENB's will enjoy that ambient lighting touch Bethesda added to the engine.

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00:48 Jun-26-2016

my pc is weaker than your but I play with a enb and lots of mods....

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15:25 Jun-25-2016

They could do as Rockstar and remaster old games for mobile, GTA games are very sucesful. EA could remaster classic PS2 games for PC and mobile, such NFS, MoH, Burnout and others.

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13:31 Jun-25-2016

Remaster need to be for the Greatest Games , I wish if they Remaster Red Dead Redemption for PC and maybe PS4/XB1.

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13:01 Jun-25-2016

If they remaster the game with extra features, I'm good. But most remastered game I know (E.G: Metro Last Light Redux). Only focus on graphic enhancement, everything else still like old game. I want more...

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13:05 Jun-25-2016

Remasters are just a graphics and Ai boost.More items and diferente missions are a Remake.

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13:06 Jun-25-2016

At least thats how i see it.Meaby im wrong.

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14:56 Jun-25-2016

Remasters usually focus on graphical updates, AI improvements and bugfixes, and they usually remake the game in newer engine, so more functionality behind the scenes.

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12:56 Jun-25-2016

Remasters ha its just a legal steal of money.If they want to do something nice better do a REMAKE of an Old Legend of a 10+y game.Idk meaby im old fashoned and this is the new trend.But i know 1 thing im NEVER gona buy a "Remaster" of a 5 year old game especially when mine is much better then a remastered one (talking about Skyrim).A remaster done right is Metro 2033.They should look up to that.

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12:38 Jun-25-2016

If they wanted to work on an old title Morrowind or Oblivion should have been their first choice! They should have made them look like Fallout 4 at least!

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17:38 Jun-25-2016

And make Fallout 4 look like The Witcher 3. xD

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12:36 Jun-25-2016

Only for the top games and only if they are free (or at a very heavy discount) to the owners of the original

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12:21 Jun-25-2016

i would like to see a remaster of Assassin creed 2 with AC unity's Anvil next engine :)

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06:53 Jun-26-2016

I dont think there's any need for that (that is ofcourse my opinion), just played the game around January or something and it still looked awesome.

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12:15 Jun-25-2016

Bethesda ported Skyrim to Xbox to test the Hardware for Fallout 4. No ES6 for a long time. Already did the work, so XO & PS4 with mods. PC as a free upgrade.

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12:27 Jun-25-2016

Rereleased Skyrim also gets Elder Scrolls fresh in people's minds for Elder Scrolls Legends.

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12:09 Jun-25-2016

Capcom would remaster ANYTHING i think :D
Anyway remasters are needed for games that havent rly aged well imo, otherwise not neccessary

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