The last two console generations were interesting. The technological jump that was between the PS2 and PS3 era of gaming shook up the industry. Japanese devs fell very far behind in tech and prowess. The era of photorealism and open worlds began. To cope with the changing tides developers came up with a way to experiment and gauge consumer direction with the fabled REMASTERS. So many games got recreated for a new age of people, allowing many to re-experience the glory days and for Devs to help litmus test what fans were most into.
Yet.....in PS4/XB1/Switch era maybe we have relied too much on Remasters. Feels like 1 of 3 games is a remaster or remake now a days. In particular this gen's bevy of remasters took place of the void of traditional backwards compatibility that had been present in Gens prior.
Going into PS5/Next Box.....that should not be the case. It is very likely both consoles are at minimum BC with the prior gen. And the tech leaps are nowhere near as shocking anymore. Sure, we still have a few more high profile Remasters on the horizon, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Resident Evil 3. But what else is there? We have kinda hit all the biggest gems of yesteryear. Almost every great title of the 90s has made a comeback in last few years. Shadow of the Colossus, Legend of Zelda Orcarina and Majora(albeit they could be ported to Switch), The Last of Us: Remastered, Tomb Raider Def, Sleeping Dogs Def, Darksiders 1-2, Bayonetta, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Devil May Cry 1-4, DMC, GTAV, RE2, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Sly, Jak & Daxter, Ratchet & Clank, Halo Master Chief Collection, Gears of War Def, Final Fantasy X/X-2, FFXII, etc. Outside of doing direct ports of pre-up rez'd remasters is there really anything left? As we hit a form of technological roadblock there is really no need to remaster anything for next gen. What exists now is really good enough and I can't fathom paying for any of them again for minor graphical overhauls when they are likely compatible for the hardware.
As much as I have enjoyed all these remasters.....I kind of hope we are done. It is high time we stop gazing back into the past with nostalgia and created worthy experiences of the future.
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