After a month of rumours, Capcom has finally announced that Okami HD is coming to current platforms. Clover Studio’s take on the Zelda formula is set to come out this holiday season.
Capcom has confirmed that Okami HD is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC this year for $19,99. Kotaku UK’s Laura Kate Dale reported that a Remaster version was in the works a month ago but Capcom would not confirm. The Developer and Publisher finally decided to let the cat (or Wolf in this case) out of the bag. Below is the announcement trailer:
Considering the platforms announced, players can expect full 4K resolution on PS4 Pro, Xbox One X and PC. Surprisingly, Capcom doesn’t have to do much to bring the game to 4K considering they have done it before. The PS3 version of Okami was actually rendered at a 4K resolution (3840×2160) and downsampled to 1080p.
Okami HD will also mark the return of the loading screen minigames to earn extra Demon Fangs. Despite these being present in the original PS2 version, they were absent from the Wii port and PS3 remaster. While it is unknown why Capcom has decided to bring them back, it is a welcomed surprise. Brush controls will likely be handled like the original PS2 version’s analogue stick. While PlayStation 4 touchpad support would be wonderful, the feature has not been confirmed.
Okami originally released back in 2006 for the PlayStation 2. It was a remarkable game directed by Hideki Kamiya and his team at Clover Studios. Okami took the Zelda formula of dungeons and progression and incorporated it into a world built on Japanese folklore. It was striking then and is still something special all these years later. This new release means those who missed it can finally play what many consider to be one of the most gorgeous games ever made.
Okami HD is set to release on 12 December at a smaller price point of $19,99 (~R250). It will be released both in physical and digital format. Japan will be getting a limited edition but the contents have yet to be confirmed. No word yet on if the west will also get a special edition release.