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ICO & Shadow of The Colossus Collection Next Week, Bonus Content Preview

Brian Dunn's Avatar + Posted by Brian Dunn on Sep 20, 2011 // Associate Product Marketing Manager

With the release of The ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection just a week away, I’m still in awe over how awesome the remastered games look and sound. If you’re on the fence about the collection, know that, so far, it has an average score of 91 out of 27 reviews. Game Informer gave it a 9.75, Destructoid a 9.5, Games Radar a 9.0, GamePro a 4.5 out of 5, and IGN an 8.5.

The games are fantastic in their own right, whether you’ll be playing them for the first time or have already played the originals. But I think you’re also really going to dig the fantastic bonus content we’ve packed onto the disc.

Not only do you get to enjoy seeing early concept and prototype footage of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus, we’ve also included the original concept video for NICO. If you’ve never heard of NICO, it was the second game from Fumito Ueda and team, and was going to be an online game where groups of hunters tracked, scaled and slayed giant beasts together. That game was never made, but key ideas from it formed the basis for what would become Shadow of the Colossus.

In addition, there are two brand new original videos included on the disc. One is a 20+ minute round-table discussion between key members of the development team, Fumito Ueda (Lead Designer, Director), Kenji Kaido (Line producer) and Junichi Hosono (designer). They openly discuss what it was like to make these games, difficulties and challenges they faced, and even the original US packaging for ICO.

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And last but not least is a 12-minute behind-the-scenes video filmed on location at the Sony Computer Entertainment JAPAN Studio offices in
Shinagawa. This video features interviews with key production staff members about the making of ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian, their thoughts on this new HD collection, as well as concept art and prototype footage from all the games. You’ll also watch some never-before-seen footage from The Last Guardian.

Above, you can watch a short sneak peek at some of the cool bonus video content you can look forward to next week when you pick up the game for yourself on September 27th. I hope you enjoy the bonus content on the disc as much as we did putting it all together for you. Don’t forget to check out the preview of the collection in this month’s episode of Qore as well.

Which game are you more excited to play in HD for the first time — ICO or Shadow of the Colossus?

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+ DION3TO on September 20th, 2011 at 9:49 pm said:

I have already pre-ordered this. I just cannot wait to replay these two masterpieces!


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+ BuchNasty on September 20th, 2011 at 11:31 pm said:

If it had been on xbox ign would have given it a 12/10. They are so biased/jealousxbots.


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+ lisatsunami on September 21st, 2011 at 1:05 am said:

@46RowzRamirez: I really enjoyed your post. Thoughtful, intelligent, emotive. I hope you post more often.

I’ve never played either of these games & am so excited to soon do so. I do know what you mean about Ocarina, which remains for me the best game I’ve ever played. Perhaps that will change for me next week.


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+ AyatoKamina2 on September 21st, 2011 at 2:14 am said:

if its going to be a download on PSN its too bad we can’t pre-order it on the play thingy in the PSN store.


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+ TomatoDragon on September 21st, 2011 at 12:57 pm said:

Two of the most unique games to come out in the past two generations of gaming. Bring on The Last Guardian!


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+ Elmo-JO on September 21st, 2011 at 2:22 pm said:

is it wrong to have never played either game but still be excited. :D


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+ utopianacht on September 22nd, 2011 at 12:15 pm said:

awesome collection… ˆ_ˆ


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