Sony exec cautious about releasing too many HD remasters

"Otherwise next-gen just looks like rehashed last-gen"

PlayStation Europe boss Jim Ryan says remaking certain PS3 games like The Last of Us for the PS4 audience is "just common sense", but the firm must take care not to let the old generation define the new one.

The Last of Us Remastered has performed well critically, Ryan observed in an interview with CVG, much as the original game did a year before. He said it's valuable to let a newly expanded PlayStation audience in on that experience.


"One of the things we've seen this time around is that people have transitioned from a competitor platform last generation to PlayStation 4 this time around, and to allow those people to be able to experience a game like The Last Of Us, which they weren't able to last time because they were playing something else, that's just common sense," Ryan said.

"But I think it's got to be looked at very holistically, you can't have too many of these things otherwise next-gen just looks like rehashed last-gen and we certainly don't want that.

"I think the balance is just about right but you know, there are other games that could be looked at, but there'll come a point where next gen will have moved on and rehashing old-gen will have passed its sell-by date."

SCE Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida has said that the Uncharted PS3 trilogy would be a "good candidate" for an HD remaster. Naughty Dog community strategist Arne Meyer agreed that it would be "really cool to have" and help expand Uncharted's audience.

Acclaimed PS3 indie titles Journey and The Unfinished Swan were confirmed for PS4 at Gamescom.

Elsewhere in the interview, Ryan credited Sony's wide array of internal studios like Naughty Dog for ensuring the company doesn't need to "buy exclusives", and admitted the firm still has a lot to learn about the potential market for PlayStation Now.