“This remake’s idea came naturally as we felt this unique kind of story-driven FPS experience was missing in today’s gaming landscape,” says publisher Microids on the PlayStation blog. “Our goal is to bring XIII’s compelling story to a new generation of players with the best possible graphics and animation. The result will be nothing short of spectacular as we promise to celebrate the amazing work done on the original game.”
While the post doesn’t go into details regarding what we can expect from this remake, but the fact it is being referred to as a remake (combined with some of the concept art shown on the blog) does tend to suggest that this game is going be more than a simple re-release with some upscaled graphics. Whether or not the changes made to this game go beyond the visuals is up for debate.
Having said that, we’d be surprised if this remake doesn’t alter a few things about the original. XIII was notable back in the day for its comic-book presentation style, cel-shaded graphics, and fun government conspiracy plot. It felt like a relatively fresh entry into the console FPS market that suddenly got much more interesting following the release of Halo.
Of course, there are reasons why XIII is rarely mentioned alongside Halo. From David Duchovny’s “Where’s my paycheck” line reads to the game’s largely forgettable multiplayer and sometimes generic levels, XIII was seen by many to be a fascinating experiment in presentation and visual design that’s greatest innovations were largely surface level.
Still, there’s quite a bit of potential in a remake of the original game. We’ll see whether or not the nex XIII can live up to that potential when it is released in November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, and Mac.
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.