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Remaking Fan Favorites: How Devs Resurrected Crash, MediEvil, Resident Evil 2, and Spyro for PS4

A lot can change in 20 years! Four developers detail the resurrection of some of PlayStation's most beloved games.

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Since the launch of PS4 and PS4 Pro, several legendary franchises have been reborn for PS4, with rebuilt graphics and refined gameplay. But it takes a lot of hard work and technical know-how to reimagine these games for a PS4 generation.

To get more insight, we asked the developers behind several impressive remakes — including the eagerly awaited MediEvil and Resident Evil 2 — to provide an inside look at their development process.

It has been no easy task bringing Sir Dan back from the dead but Other Ocean Emeryville is always ready for a challenge.
To keep this remake as true to the original as possible, our first step was to extract all the level geometry from the original game and then place it into the new engine to serve as our map for the placement of every tree, building, wall, etc. Once placed, we get a very strange version of Gallowmere that doesn’t quite feel like home just yet.
To make Dan feel more at home, we then review each piece of low resolution PS1 art, compare it to the PS1 concept art we have, and then develop our own concepts to update the visuals, all while keeping an eye on matching the tone of the original game. Every piece of art, from tombstones to timepieces and everything in between, has been reinterpreted, reconcepted, and remade. Thanks, art team!

MediEvil

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Aside from the straightforward art updates, we also need to consider our draw distance is now no longer cut short from a black fog just feet away from Dan and our aspect ratio has shifted from a boxy 4:3 to a cinematic 16:9. This requires us to build out areas in the distance that didn’t even exist in the original game – so much more for one-eyed Dan to see!
With all that extra space, we’ve had to fill in some gaps. In Enchanted Earth on PS1, for example, many of the trees you see are just bitmaps. We’ve created tons of trees and foliage to fill in those gaps and make this level really come to life.
In doing so, we hope to create a greater sense of the world of Gallowmere and all its fabled creatures, critters and creepy locations!
For Gallowmere!
-Bobby Hopper, Associate Producer at Other Ocean


Resident Evil 2 has always been a series favorite for many and we heard our fans loud and clear when they voiced their desire to see it remade/reimagined on modern platforms. Big thanks to all the Resident Evil fans from around the world, as you really helped us show why this title had to be made. So we’ll be doing our best to give you an experience you’ll never forget – a completely reimagined Resident Evil 2 that takes the 1998 original to a new level.

Resident Evil 2

The title took a long time to produce for many reasons, because as you can imagine, popping open the hood and making any changes to someone’s favorite title can be tricky. The end result was that we wouldn’t just ‘remake’ it, but create an all new version of the game that embellishes further on the story, provides deeper gameplay, looks absolutely amazing and stays true to its terrifying survival horror roots.
Since the PS1 original released in 1998, technology has evolved in a major way, but we’re also fortunate enough to have our own new game engine to take Resident Evil 2 to the next level. It’s being created on Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine which was also used for Resident Evil 7 biohazard, so players can look forward to terrifyingly photorealistic visuals, immersive sound via binaural recording technology, 4K resolution and HDR support on PlayStation 4 Pro, and much, much more.

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As for what’s been updated in the new game – simply said, we want Resident Evil 2 to be a fresh experience for both series veterans and newcomers alike. Certainly not an exhaustive list, but we’ve done things like adding the new over-the-shoulder perspective, changing up the puzzles, and modifying certain encounter moments. Because, let’s face it. If you already know there’s a Licker coming around the corner, that’s just no fun in a survival horror game, is it?

Resident Evil 2

We’re only a couple short months away from release so please look forward to Resident Evil 2, coming to PlayStation 4 on January 25, 2019!
-Tsuyoshi Kanda, Producer, Capcom


When developing the levels, it was important to us that the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy stands up visually against other PS4 generation titles. To that end, we felt the standard remaster approach of raising texture resolutions with minor geometry adjustments would not be the right way to bring back such an iconic franchise. Our goal was to build each level from the ground up so it stays true to the original and looks like you imagined it in your mind. This means that the levels in the N. Sane Trilogy are a lot more lush, vibrant, and full of life but they still have the authentic gameplay experience fans remember.

Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy

There have been so many technological advancements since the PS1-era, whether it be the raw power of game consoles now available to us, disk capacity, or improvements and advancements in game engines. Texture resolutions are now 60 to 100 times what they were on PS1, and because of the additional computing power available to us on modern consoles we can now also increase the draw distance for our environments, add dynamic lighting, and add more ambient life to the levels through VFX and animation. All of the levels in the N. Sane Trilogy are so beautifully rendered and brought to life, loading into N. Sanity Beach for the first time and watching the water break on the shoreline speaks for itself!
We wanted to stay faithful to the inspiration of the originals, but we also didn’t want to shy away from making some improvements or additions to the game that we knew fans would love. One of the most obvious examples is the addition of Coco, a second re-playable character across all three games. We also knew Crash fans were extremely competitive, so we brought Time Trials and Online Leaderboards to all three games as well. We didn’t stop on release day though! Since our launch in 2017, we’ve added two bonus DLC levels Stormy Ascent and Future Tense, and have brought HDR support to the N. Sane Trilogy for PS4. Two of my favorite levels to showcase on a PS4 Pro with HDR-enabled would probably have to be N. Sanity Beach and Toad Village, they really make you feel like you’ve stepped into an animated film, it’s amazing!
-Kyle Martin, Producer, Vicarious Visions


It was a passion project of ours to bring Spyro Reignited Trilogy to PS4. We wanted to give players a new way to experience this journey with Spyro on PS4, while staying true to the original magic and sense of wonder we all felt 20 years ago. When reimagining Spyro’s controls, our goal was to design them in a way that felt familiar, yet fresh and modern.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy

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We paid close attention to nailing details like how high he jumps or how fast he runs. There was a lot of art, math, and magic put into modernizing how the player interacts with Spyro, and how Spyro interacts with the world. Some things will obviously change in a remake, but the magic stays the same! Check out our blog for an inside look at how we brought Spyro Reignited Trilogy to life on PS4.
-Jan Stec, Senior Technical Designer, Toys for Bob

Add Your Own

Sreenadh said:

December 13th, 7:52 am

Now only if you could REMASTER SOCOM 3 & Combined ASSAULT! Or even SOCOM 2! We keep requesting it but Sony keeps ignoring us smh

Clearly there is a market for remastered games

    Axecution said:

    December 13th, 10:01 am

    Socom 2 would be so amazing

    WeedStryke said:

    December 19th, 7:09 pm

    Way of the samauri online…. nuff said

kagenoyuuki86 said:

December 13th, 8:41 am

Only game I wish you remaster is legend of the dragoon

    Darkasi said:

    December 13th, 1:36 pm

    OMG I have dreams of either a remaster or even a sequel/prequel to Legend of Dragoon. My favorite PS1 game by far.

Symtar said:

December 13th, 8:50 am

I just want the resistance series to be remastered

breakend28 said:

December 13th, 8:51 am

RE2: Remake looks amazing, looking forward to that.

Now if we could just finally get a Demon’s Souls Remastered (not remake unless Hidetaka Miyazaki wants to personally do that). Come on guys, you know the fans want it and you know it’ll sell well so let’s do it!!

Krillinfan said:

December 13th, 8:51 am

If y’all could bring back Legend of Dragoon next, that’d be great.

anszbd1 said:

December 13th, 8:55 am

We need colony wars 1+2+3 remake with vr support like wipeout omega collection.

    DudeTheThird said:

    December 14th, 10:07 am

    Glad I’m not the first mentioning it, but COLONY WARS VRemake is such a no-brainer, that we shouldn’t even need to remind Sony about it.

    But I’ll gladly do until they see the light ;)

Xcaligamer1 said:

December 13th, 8:59 am

I want ps all stars

Hakumen__ said:

December 13th, 11:10 am

I’m very disappointed by the direction the RE2 Remake is going, starting with the changes from the original’s fixed camera angles and tank controls, which could have been included even if just optional. And to be clear, RE7 is a great game, so I do want to see more games made with the same engine, but not the remake of one of the most memorable classic RE games, with such a different gameplay style.

Sadly my complaints don’t end there, as each time more news on the game are released, more problems continue to add to the pile:

-Some of the new character designs don’t resemble their originals at all, specially Claire and Annette.

-I’ve also heard that you won’t add anything new like the Crimson Heads from the REmake.

-Other enemies are being removed because they aren’t realistic, which if true is a quite a letdown.

-And now there are also news about the game going to include microtransactions.

I love the RE series and the REmake is one of my favorite RE games, but based on what I’ve been hearing about this RE2, it seems to aim to disappoint.

    xZain95x said:

    December 17th, 12:16 am

    You really think the fixed camera angles is the right way to go for a RE game in 2019? if that was the case the game will fail in sales, OTS is the perfect middle ground for it.

    I agree on the characters design but thats not an issue for me but to say they removed sum enemies cuz they’re not realistic? what is realistic with lickers for example? lol.and we dont know for sure if they have new secret enemies or not.

    For the microtransactions its gonna be mostly outfits and the albert gun models.

    The game looks stunning and the atmosphere is scarier than the original, this could be the best RE game we’ll get to date… Cant freakin wait!

Zie1612 said:

December 13th, 7:24 pm

Legend of Dragoon please :)

xGixnax said:

December 15th, 12:35 pm

I would love a “The Legend of Spyro” Remaster, its so underrated.

    Rusadpell said:

    December 16th, 6:20 pm

    It All ready has

BlueDiamond93 said:

December 15th, 2:39 pm

Spyro is currently my favorite, until Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy is remade (assuming it has the story and gameplay expansion I desire). :D

M0t1nat0r said:

December 15th, 7:22 pm

Cool blog post! Happy to hear about the levels of attention that go into these remakes. Definitely want the Medievel remake, and also looking forward to Crash Team racing!

Amorelyssa said:

December 16th, 1:46 pm

Anyone else for Rune factory tides of destiny?

GabeLogan25 said:

December 16th, 3:36 pm

as it says man y are and i am no exception RE2 is by far my fav in the series , ive played it beginning to end on EVERY platform it was released on , PC, PSOne, Dreamcast, Gamecube and N64 . ALL playthroughs multiple times . only select few games i put more time into . a few things i do not agree with is changing some key points in the story like Chief Irons is still alive where in original he is dead before the game starts. and adding Tyrant , where Tyrant was basis of RE3 chasing Jill. i also do not agree with Playstation originals bein reported to other platforms , thats what made PS great is the plethora of awesome titles that Suckbox /360 lacked,

Rusadpell said:

December 16th, 6:18 pm

I agree withe some of the others and WISH/HOPE for a LEGEND OF THE DRAGOON Remake Please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AyYoHeNnEsSY said:

December 19th, 5:47 pm

Great games now please please remaster Dino crisis guaranteed to sell and make you guys money!

GamingChefRob said:

December 19th, 6:08 pm

Syphon Filter series is a must

DJ_Suave517 said:

December 20th, 7:48 am

Anyone else want a remaster of the Fatal Frame Series? Probably the Scariest game I’ve ever played on PS.

    Sciotoan68 said:

    December 21st, 8:29 am

    Noooooooo. All I can remember of that game was that I could only take maybe 30 minutes of it. Lol – Maybe I should have played with the lights on.

TarcisioDarkLord said:

December 20th, 12:20 pm

I would love to see Soul Reaver the trilogy remake.

Sciotoan68 said:

December 21st, 8:39 am

Happy to see Sir Dan has been added. Heading to the store for MediEvil right now. As for my wish list: I would love to see the Parasite Eve franchise (though I forget if it was PS or PS2 system.)

Sciotoan68 said:

December 21st, 9:01 am

Disappointing. I inferred from the post these games are available. MediEvil, at least, was not found by PS Store search. I couldn’t find a release date on web search either.

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