Microsoft Not Considering HD Remakes at this Time

By Brian Leahy, Oct 26, 2010 12:20pm PDT After calling 3D gaming a "science experiment," Microsoft Game Studios VP Phil Spencer has set his sights on another of Sony's current practices: HD remakes.

In an interview with IGN, Spencer discussed the possibilities of Microsoft released HD remakes of games like Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2:

We obviously have a lot of new things going on, so the thought of re-doing a bunch of things is probably difficult to just weave into the overall portfolio. If you can provide real value to the customer, there could be possibilities for that, but I don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.

Sony has already released HD versions of the God of War Collection and will follow-up with enhanced versions of the Sly Cooper series, Ico, and Shadow of the Colossus. Numerous third-party publishers, like Ubisoft and Warner Bros. are also eyeing HD remakes like Beyond Good & Evil and Mortal Kombat.

Microsoft Game Studios does have a few HD remakes available with the XBLA releases of Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, and Rez HD.

Where do you stand on HD remakes and re-releases? To me, it depends on the game. For example, I didn't get the God of War Collection because I had already played an finished both games on the PS2. In general, I'm content with simple re-releases if functionality, like multiplayer, is added or restored.

Would I want Halo 2 re-released for XBLA with online play restored? Yes, I would.

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  • I don't mind HD remakes. If I don't care for the game, I won't buy it. If it's a stellar game, I'm more than happy to relive the moments in HD. What would be even better, though, would be renewing the game in more respects than just graphics. For example, GTA 3 with game mechanics upgraded to San Andreas level alone would be brilliant. Add HD to the mix and I'll definitely buy it again (for a third time).

    Whole Ratchet & Clank series running on my PS3 (HD with trophies) would also be great.

    At least on PS3 and Xbox 360 we would get HD remakes. On Wii there are just SD remakes with bad controls.