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Remastered Classics Available Today: ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection

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The day we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! The much anticipated remastered versions of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus are available today on a single Blu-ray disc. I have always been a big fan of Ueda-san and his work, and I was excited when I first heard about the project. It has been an honor to work on this collection, and I am just as excited as you all to play these new versions at home.

ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection for PS3

Beginning today, you are finally be able to get your hands on the shiny new HD and 3D versions of two the most beloved video games of all time. If you’ve already played these games on PS2, now you can experience them all over again like you’ve never seen or heard them before. And if you haven’t had a chance to play these classics just yet, now’s the perfect time to experience the beautiful stories and art design of Ueda-san and his extremely talented team.

The game has been brought to new life with these enhancements and exclusive content:

  • Full 1080p HD resolution
  • Stereoscopic 3D support
  • 7.1 surround sound
  • Full Trophy support, with unique trophies for each game
  • 12-minute behind-the-scenes video about the making of ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, and The Last Guardian
  • 20+ minute round table discussion between Ueda-san (Lead Designer, Director), Kaido-san (Line Producer) and Hosono-san (Designer).
  • ICO concept video
  • Shadow of the Colossus concept video
  • NICO concept video
  • Dynamic XMB themes (one for ICO, one for Shadow of the Colossus)

The disc comes with all of this for just $39.99. As if you needed any more reasons to pick up this collection, it currently has an average review score of 91, out of 35 reviews. Game Informer gave it a 9.75, saying “Playing through them again in this unbeatable package only serves as a reminder that no other developer can imitate Team Ico’s singular style.”

In celebration of the launch of ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Ueda-san has kindly sent us his comments:

We’ve finally made it to the release date of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection. I would really like to especially thank the gamers, fans, and the media within North America, as the title has received such an incredible amount of support and praise from this region. I sincerely hope you will all enjoy the re-mastered collection.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the staff at Bluepoint Games and SCEA in the development and production of these titles. We were extremely lucky to be working with such talented staff. Their efforts helped the Collection exceed our highest quality expectations, as well as get though its development cycle without any major issues. I sincerely appreciate the great work done by everyone involved.

Fumito Ueda

Get ready to take the re-mastered game home and be immersed in these highly artistic and picturesque game worlds today!

Add Your Own

ninesecondsleft said:

September 27th, 11:06 am

I love this game so much. I do have a rant though. The Canada version does NOT get a reversible cover art that the US version has. Seriously, what in the world? This may seem small, but us up North feel cheapened out.

Genexi2 said:

September 27th, 11:08 am

Aaaand purchased.

My only regret is that Sony’s 24″ 3DTV isn’t out for a couple more months, so I’m stuck having to play this in traditional 2D.

Also am slightly disappointed of no reversible cover for us Canucks, but it’s a minor point to me since I only ever see the spines of my game cases with the way I place them on my bookshelf.

alok893 said:

September 27th, 11:08 am

First part of my Dream has come True.
Second Part will come true with the Yakuza HD Collection.

FMS4501 said:

September 27th, 11:14 am

i’m playing it right! The game looks so great! In Ico the colors just pop!

SickMinder said:

September 27th, 11:19 am

I already have the PS2-games but I demand this game to be released on PSN! I’ve purchased all other PS2/PSP-HD-upgrades on PSN, I will do the same with this collection.

Btw, I’ve beaten Shadow of the Colossus sixteen times. My 2nd favorite game of all time.

Broccosparagus said:

September 27th, 11:20 am

Unfortunately no reversible box art for my Canadian version aswell : <

Suppose I'll have to print it out which isn't to bad considering that they uploaded a full sized image here
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/09/08/ico-shadow-of-the-colossus-collection-hit-soon-see-final-box-art/
BUT my printer is very pixely : |

lovehatesmisery said:

September 27th, 11:32 am

PLEASEEEEEEE have a digital release on PSN for download soon!!! Please please please! =(

GAME-HERO said:

September 27th, 11:36 am

1080 + 7.1 + Trophies = WIN!

Deebravea said:

September 27th, 11:41 am

That’s cool.. but I’m only waiting on 1 hd release game today! I have my 10 dollars line up for that!!

Kikowz said:

September 27th, 11:51 am

what about a digital release on PSN? is it coming someday?

smintja said:

September 27th, 11:52 am

One of my fav things is the reversible cover art. Thanks for that. It looks great.

Digital-Big-Boss said:

September 27th, 11:55 am

I just bought a copy after work today. Too bad I don’t have an HDTV to fully enjoy these games, but I’ll still have fun playing them again.

TheGuardianFID said:

September 27th, 11:57 am

I just picked up my copy, can’t wait to play them again for the first time!!! 8)

mcfizzle said:

September 27th, 12:00 pm

Picked it up earlier today, already reversed the cover art. It looks so nice, love the reversible cover. Can’t wait to sit down and play ICO for the first time ever with my wife tonight. Thanks guys.

MrSignal said:

September 27th, 12:04 pm

Awesome stuff, looking forward to giving them another go.

Small gripe though…why didn’t you guys say Canada wasn’t getting the reversible cover?
I’m slightly miffed about a classic game, which is wrong as it’s two great games.

Please think of something other then letting us “print” them ourselves. Its not the same…

Broccosparagus said:

September 27th, 12:10 pm

Mmmhmm I’m probably going to have to go to some specialty print shop and get it printed out for like 50 bucks or something ridiculous like that. : |

VofEscaflowne said:

September 27th, 12:12 pm

Yeah, my copy from Canada also doesn’t have the reversible box art. Resistance 3 had it, why not this? This is pretty lame…

ODINGameslayer said:

September 27th, 12:12 pm

@Hatchetforce:

Wow, that’s truly a shame. I’ll monitor this situation for an update. In the meantime, I’ll be picking up ICO/SOTC (a given) and GOW Origins (I was going to get it later, but I’ll move it up a bit.)

mcfizzle said:

September 27th, 12:19 pm

Best Buy offering $20 off two collections games, I got ICO/SOTC and God of War Origins for $60. Check it out.

HeLLeVeN11 said:

September 27th, 12:25 pm

Getting it this weekend, cannot wait. Amazing Work!!!

Hatchetforce said:

September 27th, 12:34 pm

@ODINGameslayer

I picked up GOW Origins when it launched. It kicks butt and the 3D implementation is really well handled.

harmony102 said:

September 27th, 12:37 pm

Loved the soundtrack and the visuals!
Lovely game for the PS2 and now remastered for the PS3 is brilliant!

D-Squad3 said:

September 27th, 12:43 pm

I still can’t believe it’s finally out! Next on the list is the Metal Gear Collection.

KidCommando said:

September 27th, 12:45 pm

*DEALS*

If you have a Fry’s Electronics store around you, they are selling the game for only $30 for a few days. Just picked up my copy. woo hoo!

Bangaz808 said:

September 27th, 12:47 pm

Ahh i can’t wait to go pick up my reserved copy! Thank God my dorm allows tvs and ps3s, cuz i’d be pretty depressed if they weren’t. >___<'

EnigmaNemesis said:

September 27th, 12:49 pm

“+ KidCommando on September 27th, 2011 at 12:45 pm said:

*DEALS*

If you have a Fry’s Electronics store around you, they are selling the game for only $30 for a few days. Just picked up my copy. woo hoo!”

Best Buy is doing the same as well for this game too!

So worth it at full price, even more divine at $30.

WelmoscaBR said:

September 27th, 12:49 pm

I beated shadow on PS2 and for sure its one of the best games of all-time…its one of my fav…cant wait to get my hands on my copy…also I never played ICO so now its a good chance.

saab01 said:

September 27th, 12:58 pm

I cant wait to replay Shadow of the Colossus and play ICO for the first time. It should be looking sharp with all the new tweaks and graphics improvement.

angelspawn77 said:

September 27th, 12:59 pm

@ 4
Lets not forget Flower and Journey now.

As for this, I’m about to go get my copy right now! I’ve never played Ico, but I did play and enjoy Shadow of the Colossus very much, can’t wait to give it another go in HD and 3D :D
Hurry up with The Last Guardian Team ICO!

Elvick_ said:

September 27th, 1:00 pm

I can’t wait to get it, I’m picking it up later today. I’ll finally be able to play ICO :D Thank you for releasing this so that these games can be experienced by people like me who missed the boat. (I do have SotC, but got it so late that I was expecting a Collection to happen so didn’t complete it.)

Elvick_ said:

September 27th, 1:01 pm

Oh no, no reversible art for Canada? D: That’s a huge bummer.

snake4308 said:

September 27th, 1:26 pm

the day is finally here! Oh the joy!

gilgamesh21 said:

September 27th, 1:31 pm

I can’t wait to re-experience these masterpieces, but my Amazon says I won’t be playing them till early October!

Thanks to both teams for all your hard work!

lisatsunami said:

September 27th, 1:49 pm

@Kumi: if you’re still reading these, please tell Team Ico that not 20 minutes ago I went out & bought a Bravia HX929 3d HDTV just so I can fully enjoy their masterpieces. Oh, and for U3 in about a month. And, (huge impatient sigh), the Last Guardian, if that ever really comes some day.

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    Kumi Yuasa said:

    September 27th, 9:09 pm

    Wow, that’s the way to do it! I’ll let the team know for sure. Hope you’re enjoying the full experience! :D

Eccentrick said:

September 27th, 1:49 pm

Just ripped my copy open that time to reverse the cover art, and . . . completely blank. Not gonna affect my love for these games, but I’m pretty disappointed that this feature wasn’t there as advertised. I’m assuming it’s because I’m Canadian and they had to print different versions to add in the French, but I don’t see that as very good excuse, and it would have been nice to know about this beforehand. Sorry if this seems a petty complaint, but I’m a lover of good cover art and I was kinda excited that this would be available. Gonna pop the disc in now and try to forget about it.

Airwalkinman17 said:

September 27th, 1:49 pm

OMG! I have my copy in my hands right now!!!!!

:O

Why am I even on the blog right now to type this instead of playing it at this very instant you ask?
To tell you thank you for putting the gamers first. I REALLY appreciate everything you guys do. Much <3
Thanks :D

plaztiksyke said:

September 27th, 1:52 pm

Surround sound is cool, but were the audio assets re-encoded from the original lossless sources?

The audio in the Sly Cooper and Prince of Persia HD Collections were probably the worst, most dated part. They sounded like 16khz audio most of the time, and the primitive echo effects made on top of that just made the problem worse.

Really looking forward to playing this Collection, which looks better than all of the previous ones combined. Just goes to show that it’s worth doing some model, lighting and texture tweaks. They make a huge difference!

lisatsunami said:

September 27th, 1:53 pm

Hey, KidCommando, Fly’s is where I just got my Bravia, much cheaper than Amazon & they matched the AMA price on the Sony 3D glasses.

BLUE_DEMON_666 said:

September 27th, 1:56 pm

BORING!! just give me #BF3 instead!!

Figboy said:

September 27th, 2:29 pm

My copy arrived from Amazon today, now it’s just the long wait until I get home from work and can play it!

I’ve beaten both games more times than I can count, but I can’t wait to play it in HD with a smooth framerate. Playing Ico on my HDTV through my PS3 was visually horrible, because the game just wasn’t made for widescreen. It was like playing a pixelated PS1 classic.

This is going to be a great experience, getting to relive these amazing games in HD. The temptation to break down and buy a 3DTV is growing. When is that PlayStation 3DTV package hitting again?

Spacerac said:

September 27th, 2:58 pm

I wanted to play Ico when I was younger. I hope to get this collection soon!

X_FaDde2BLaCk_X said:

September 27th, 2:58 pm

Playing them both for the first time. They both gave me chills from the visuals to the soundtracks, it all blends together so well, truly works of art.

Carl-G said:

September 27th, 3:00 pm

Can we have soon more PS2 classic games on blu-ray or on PSN please? ;)
(or have PS2 playback on a new PS3 soon? So i can play my 70′ish PS2 games without getting the PS2 out & falling over those Pad leads…remember them?) :D

+ I would LOVE those ‘Bitmap Brothers’ games from the Amiga days like GODS, Magic Pockets etc etc on PSN? Please someone do them!?!? :P

favian said:

September 27th, 3:16 pm

Why no limited/special editions? I would have paid $80 for one at least. These games are special to me, glad they’re getting their due respect.

angelspawn77 said:

September 27th, 3:35 pm

Just picked mine up, but my stupid brother is in the living room, lol. I want to fully enjoy these in HD and 3D and the living room tv is the one that has 3D functionality. Gotta wait till later, but I have class at 6, get out stupid brother! >:O lol

KILLZONE79 said:

September 27th, 3:35 pm

lol in the trailer, the text they used is from modern warfare 2, just had to point that out

AceBeeDee said:

September 27th, 3:45 pm

i’ll get mine sometime next week “though” Amazon. absolutely cannot wait

FredPunella said:

September 27th, 4:07 pm

AceBeeDee “i’ll get mine sometime next week “though” Amazon. absolutely cannot wait”

Amazon has release day shipping for 99 cents for the game. Probably too late to change your order now.

kvalnir said:

September 27th, 4:27 pm

love the reversible box, I “fixed” my copy of the game before even pulling out of the store parking lot. this needs to be standard on all PS games in the future.

BrianC6234 said:

September 27th, 5:08 pm

I have my copy of this now. Can’t wait to play through both. I have the PS2 versions but it’s been years since I played them.

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    Kumi Yuasa said:

    September 27th, 9:21 pm

    The remastered games will give you a whole new experience. Enjoy the two timeless masterpieces!

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