Imagine being a game developer who just works on remasters and remakes? That must be a strange kind of feeling because all you’re working on is other people’s work. While making a proper remake comes with its own unique set of challenges that are not faced in traditional development, you’re still essentially tracing over someone else’s work and making it prettier. However, one developer, Bluepoint Games, has this remake formula on lock since they worked on Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, the God of War Collection and, of course, the Shadow of the Colossus remake that has seen major success. With a studio so talented, one has to wonder if they’re going to be making their own game at one point.
The developers are open to the idea, but they have revealed that their next game will also be a remake of some description. Speaking with Eurogamer, President Macro Thrush made the following comments regarding an IP of their own:
Well, we could but we’re doing another remake. [Shadow of the Colossus] served us as a great point of growing the art team to the point where we can take on a full AAA game major scope of art content. So now our next step is, let’s improve the art pipeline, let’s improve the engine, let’s improve workflow for artists, let’s grow on the art side some more to handle our next project because it’s a bit bigger. And our next focus is, all right, let’s work on design and add new stuff to get to the next remake, because now that can be our sole focus of making sure that’s where we put the time and everybody else, they’re already at a level where we can perform.
The studio seems capable, but for now they’re sticking with their current formula. The interesting bit to think about is which game franchise they’ll be remaking this time. Based on their repertoire, it’s more than likely going to be a Sony franchise, but which one is a question for the ages. There aren’t a lot of franchises that have yet to receive a remaster or remake. Jak and Daxter sounds like a good candidate or perhaps some of the older PS2 franchises that have been forgotten. There’s an entire list of Sony exclusives, but there’s also the possibility of it simply being something entirely different. We’ll probably find out soon what Bluepoint is working on exactly.