One aspect of the gaming industry I think a lot of people don’t realize is that many video game remakes are in the pipeline at the moment. Only two games on this list were announced over a year ago. This seems like an ongoing trend not slowing down anytime soon, and with so many remakes in the works, it can be easy to forget some of them. Here are 7 video game remakes coming out in the near future. A quick note here is that the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake was originally included. However, due to a recent Bloomberg article, it seems like the project is “delayed indefinitely.”
The Last of Us Part I
This first video game remake is actually releasing less than a month from now, so it should still be in many people’s minds. The Last of Us remake was first announced at this year’s Summer Game Fest. Since its initial reveal, it has already received a somewhat mixed pre-release reaction from audiences.
The graphics are undeniably better and definitely utilize the power of the PlayStation 5 effectively. Accessibility options are a welcome addition, and the AI got upgraded to the level of The Last of Us Part II. I know some people were disappointed that going prone and dodging isn’t in the remake. However, I think this is a good idea. If those were included, it could potentially break game balance since the original wasn’t designed with it in mind. It could be similar to how Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes added first-person aiming, which made the game too easy.
There are two cons that, for many gamers, make them not want to spend their money. One is that multiplayer is not included in this remake. The multiplayer in Naughty Dog’s games is always fantastic but tends to get overlooked. It seems that the same has happened with The Last of Us. The other major one is the price point, which is $70. That is quite a bit of money, considering the multiplayer is missing, and it isn’t that massive of a remake in terms of an upgrade. Nevertheless, The Last of Us Part I is arriving on PlayStation 5 on September 2.
Max Payne 1 & 2
The first two Max Payne games were big titles when they launched back in 2001 and 2003, respectively. After the first Max Payne, many action games released were similar, which is always a sign of the impact of a title. Remedy Entertainment developed the first two games, while Rockstar Studios made Max Payne 3, which ended the series as a trilogy. However, in April 2022, Remedy announced a remake of the first two games. Rockstar, who holds the IP due to an agreement made during Max Payne 2’s development, allowed Remedy to do the remake and was also providing funding.
Remedy does have a really good track record as of late, except for CrossfireX. Many gaming publications noted Control as one of the best games of 2019. It was also nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards. Alan Wake Remastered was fantastic as well, and Remedy is currently developing Alan Wake II. I definitely think this won’t be another GTA: Definitive Edition and Remedy will make these games that changed the action genre available for a new generation of players. The Max Payne Remakes will be available on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 with no set release date.
Dead Space, to me, is one of the defining franchises of the seventh generation of console gaming. The whole trilogy is very fun to play with its third-person combat and monster closets that will make you look in every direction for an enemy. Dead Space 1 especially nails the horror atmosphere and is legitimately very scary. The sequels were more action-focused but still contained the monster closet encounters that kept it engaging.
However, the series also had a lot of setbacks. Dead Space 2 had a huge production and marketing budget. Considering it’s a third-person survival horror game, it simply was not going to recoup all that money spent. The game actually sold really well, but not enough for EA to consider it a profit. As such, the budget for Dead Space 3 was cut by a lot. If you noticed that Dead Space 3 reuses a lot of its own environments, that’s why. The series has been dormant since the third game, and its developer Visceral was shut down by EA. However, in June of 2021, during EA Play, EA announced a remake of the first Dead Space.
The remake will offer quite a few enhancements and even some new features. Graphics, audio, and lighting will all be improved with the technology that the new hardware can offer. The team has stated that the loading screens will be removed, and the game will be a fully seamless experience from start to finish. The only loading screens I can recall are from the ending of the chapters. It will be cool to see chapter 1 transition into chapter 2 perfectly without interruption.
Isaac Clarke, the protagonist, will also be fully voiced this time. Isaac was a silent protagonist in the original game, but he was not in the sequels. This change will make Isaac more consistent throughout the whole series. We, thankfully, won’t have to wait a long time for the remake to release as it’s scheduled to come out on January 27, 2023, on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
Out of all the games that feature the Tom Clancy branding, the Splinter Cell series is one of the most iconic. It’s a series that evolved and revolutionized stealth games, with certain entries like Chaos Theory being held as one of the greatest stealth titles ever made. However, there has not been a main entry since 2013’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. That’s almost 10 years ago. The series has mainly been relegated to cameo appearances in other Ubisoft titles. However, in December of 2021, Ubisoft officially announced a remake of the first game.
Nothing has been shown off about the remake or even any core details about it. It’s likely the game was in very early development when it was announced. Now with a lot of video game remakes, a discussion topic that comes ahead is whether or not the title needs a remake. In my opinion, the first Splinter Cell game could absolutely use a remake as it is far behind the further entries in terms of quality.
In the first Splinter Cell, the levels are extremely linear, and the use of checkpoints is very frustrating. The alert system is flawed because, at certain points, the game will check to see if any bodies are not hidden. If one body isn’t hidden, an alert will activate even though no guard actually found the body. It just doesn’t make sense for a stealth game. You should be able to have a body not hidden if no guards are patrolling the area where the person is. There are also the guard dogs, which I always dislike in stealth games because they always seem to smell you, even at ridiculous distances. Those are some things I would like to see changed in a remake of Splinter Cell.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
I bet a lot of you completely forgot about this one. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the definition of a classic game. It won many game of the year awards in 2004 and is still remembered as one of the finest games of the sixth generation of consoles. A video game remake for modern audiences seems like a perfect choice, and in 2020 Ubisoft officially revealed it. The Sands of Time remake was originally scheduled to release in January of 2021. I vividly remember that you could pre-order the game on Xbox through the Microsoft Store during this time.
The remake has been continuously delayed time and time again since that scheduled release date. It was first delayed to March. Then it got pushed back all the way to the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Then just this past June, Ubisoft pushed the game even beyond the fiscal year. At this point, who knows if this game is even going to release? I’m pretty sure the reason for the initial delays was that the feedback from the trailers was generally negative. The graphics themselves weren’t very good, and to be honest, I prefer the cartoony/animated look of the original. The game probably needed some serious reworking, and the development must have snowballed from there. I’m still looking forward to it if it releases, but that remains to be seen.
Lollipop Chainsaw was a 2012 action game worked on by Suda51 and future Guardians of the Galaxy Director James Gunn. It was a memorable game for the time, and likely due to a fantastic marketing campaign that involved cosplayer Jessica Nigri as Juliet, Lollipop Chainsaw ended up being Grasshopper Manufacture’s best-selling title at that point.
Even though the game was commercially successful, I will admit it’s not that great. There certainly are better games in Suda51’s catalog, even in this era. In July 2022, Dragami Games, which now owns the IP rights, announced a remake of Lollipop Chainsaw set for 2023. One big change that was already announced is the removal of almost all of the licensed music. If you’ve played Lollipop Chainsaw, you’d know the game is filled with licensed music, so this shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. I personally didn’t enjoy a lot of the licensed music in the original, so I don’t care much about this change.
One thing that is important to note is that Jimmy Urine’s work on the game very well might be removed and replaced due to his lawsuit still going on. Urine’s work on the boss fight music is really good, so it would be unfortunate to have that music replaced. Suda51 and James Gunn have both stated that they aren’t involved in the remake. The project is a bit unclear for me as a Suda51 fan, but Yoshimi Yasuda (President of Dragami Games) has stated that the remake is “as close as possible to a remaster.” If it is essentially a remaster, but with some changes due to licensing, I’m all for it.
The Most Anticipated Video Game Remake: Resident Evil 4
The original Resident Evil 4 from 2005 is still considered one of the best games ever made. It completely revolutionized third-person shooters and the third-person camera in general. The graphics were really impressive for the time. It’s also getting up there alongside Doom with how many ports it has received. Any modern system should be able to play RE4, and it’s even available in VR with the Oculus Quest 2. At the June Sony State of Play event, the Resident Evil 4 remake was announced after years of rumors.
The Resident Evil 4 remake is probably one of the most anticipated games of 2023 for many gamers. Capcom’s Resident Evil remakes are, for the most part, completely different games from the original, so I’m sure there will be plenty of changes. I know a lot of people may think Resident Evil 4 doesn’t need a remake since it’s already a perfect game, but I would disagree. There are quite a bit of things that could be fixed in a remake. Considering this will probably be the last full-on Resident Evil remake for a while anyways, I’m really excited with what Capcom brings to the table here. The Resident Evil 4 remake will release on March 24, 2023, on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S.