Is this the first glimpse of HD Ico remake?

During a presentation at CEDEC (a Japanese developer conference), Fumito Ueda was showing off The Last Guardian on a big screen and discussing animation in games. Exciting enough in itself, but before he got onto that, he gave a little recap. And the footage of Ico that he demonstrated was definitely not the PS2 version.

Above: She walked up to me and I asked her to dance, oh my Yorda. Y - O - R - D - A,  Yo-hoor-dah.

Above: Here's the PS2 version of the same scene (from NeoGaf)

Above: And here's another shot from the presentation. Looks crisp and hi-res, doesn't it?

There are two logical explanations for these images (but none for the Kinks reference - sorry about that). The first, and most disappointing, is that these are scenes from a PC emulation of the original game. PCs have been known to run Super Mario Galaxy at 720p, and even N64 games without the eye-bleedingly blurriness associated with that machine, so it would make sense that they'd have a PC version somewhere from when they were developing the original.

The other explanation is that this is, in fact, the PS3 remake that's been talked about for a while now. The fanboy in me says 'this has to be!' but, to be honest, it's the least likely of the two. But... maybe. Just maybe.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments.

03 Sep, 2010

Source: PlayStation University


  • RepublicOfDave - September 4, 2010 10:04 p.m.

    Quit the teasing and just announce the Ico/SotC collection already! ..please?
  • avantguardian - September 4, 2010 1:26 a.m.

    what's wrong with the kinks?
  • Metroidhunter32 - September 3, 2010 9:19 p.m.

    Please oh please be the remake and have SotC come along with it. Preferably bundled.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - September 3, 2010 8:41 p.m.

    How could you guys give ico a 9?
  • reverandglass - September 3, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    On Topic: I'd sell a kidney for Ico in HD. Slightly off topic: If Sony released a PS2 emulator for PS3 and charged for it, say £40, I'm sure a lot of people would buy it. It does irk me somewhat that my PS2 is dying and I still want to play Ico, FFXII, Vice City and more. Come on Sony, sort it out!
  • RonnyLive19881 - September 3, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    Ques the *NO BODY CARES* song. I liked Ico but I would much rather see Last Guardian out THIS year than see a stupid ports. If they do this to SotC(their worst game) I might just skip TLG. I sick of this postponing, work on the game everyone wants and quit wasting your time on stupid remakes. Now if Square did an HD port of FFX I would actually love that! Oh well, I don't really care much anyway. Nintendo has my attention right now. 3DS is going to ROCK!
  • CH3BURASHKA - September 3, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    It's happening; there's no doubt. However, unlike God of War, Ico is so old that the character models and textures could use some updating, something I don't think they'll take time for. They'll just sell the upscaled version of it, which is still perfectly fine with me.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - September 3, 2010 2:07 p.m.

    I just played through Ico again, and the Yorda in the first shot has a totally different face. It's structured differently, not just clearer. So for me, that's 1)A sign it's a new HD version and 2)A frightening possibility they'll change her face and wind up removing the connection a lot of us have with her.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - September 3, 2010 12:10 p.m.

    I'm not buying Ico for 50 dollars. So, naturally, I want this- seeing as all the other collections were released at 40.
  • JakeyBaby - September 3, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    Well, I've already seen today that a PS3 Remake of Xbox's Oddworld: Strangers Wrath is coming 2011... This would make the day ever more perfect! So allow the fanboy in me to get ahead of myself :)
  • Clovin64 - September 3, 2010 11:45 a.m.

    The logical realist in me says these are just PC emulation shots, but the completley irrational fanboy in me is already completley convinced that a HD Ico remake already exsists. If it does exsist, it will probably be released just before The Last Guardian in order to stir up excitement for it. If I remember correctly, Ico was re-released to coincide with the release of Shadow of the Colossus.
  • loonyman978 - September 3, 2010 11:37 a.m.

    The Kinks are awesome.
  • TheElephantManchurianCandidate - September 3, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    They really should re-make them I really missed out on most of the PS2 library and i need a chance to play these games
  • MrGazpacho - September 3, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    Could also be pre-rendered. Just saying. Let's hope not!
  • infernox - September 3, 2010 10:41 a.m.

    i hope it is the ps3 version. never played it before and dont want to play it through an emulator.
  • Rangerleeth - September 3, 2010 10:40 a.m.

    Hell yes maybe they will do the same for shadow of the colossus!!!!!
  • mgkyo666 - September 3, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    It must happen!!!!! Fingers crossed!

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