The most anticipated upcoming video game remakes

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Remakes and remasters are in fashion in the gaming industry. And this growing trend shows no sign of abating, fuelled by the roaring success of Capcom’s latest hit remake. As we announced last year on Ten Ton Hammer, the Japanese publisher has revitalised one of its flagship franchises in 2023, with Resident Evil 4 recently crossing the 4-million-unit threshold worldwide. Despite coming out a month ago, the title is already the second fastest-selling instalment in the franchise. The Resident Evil 4 remake could even top Resident Evil 6’s total sales in no time. So, what’s next in store for the nostalgic players around or the newcomers willing to dive into a classic from the past with a fresh spin? Let’s take a look at three upcoming remakes.

System Shock Remake

System Shock belongs to the cult classics out there. This atmospheric sci-fi adventure proved deeply influential at the time of its release, inspiring countless action-adventure meets horror entries like Resident Evil, Prey, and the BioShock series. Many features introduced in the original game even became staples of modern sci-fi first-person shooters. Yet, for all its elaborate gameplay and never-before-seen levels of immersion, System Shock has aged quite a bit since 1994.

Following the release of an Enhanced Edition in 2015, Nightdive Studios therefore announced a full-on remake of the original game on Windows and Xbox One. The excitement only grew stronger as members of the acclaimed Fallout: New Vegas team got involved in the project. But the remake remained in development hell for years on end. Fast-forward to 2023 and System Shock has yet again been pushed back to May 30 after being slated for release in March. Still, the wait is soon over for long-time fans looking forward to revisiting this sci-fi masterpiece on PC, PS4, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

The Witcher

The Witcher is where it all started for CD Red Projekt. The adaptation of the fantasy series by Polish novelist Andrzej Sapkowski arguably put the indie studio on the map. And CD Red Projekt is going full circle with a Witcher Remake in Unreal Engine 5, although another Polish studio, Fool’s Theory, will be in charge of the actual development. The Witcher Remake sets out to be a modern retelling of the original. Significant changes will also impact gameplay, including an open-world setting bound to redefine the Witcher 1 experience. No other detail has been revealed yet, as the game is still in its early stages of development. Meanwhile, hardcore Witcher fans may while away the time diving into a full-fledged next-gen remaster of The Witcher 3.

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Silent Hill 2

Konami’s Silent Hill series marked a stepping stone for the survival horror genre. Lauded by critics and gamers alike, the franchise strayed away from the campy brand of its competitor, Resident Evil, to focus on sheer psychological horror. From Fyodor Dostoyevsky to David Cronenberg and Francis Bacon to Alfred Hitchcock, Silent Hill 2 even drew inspiration from masters of cinema, literature, and arts to deliver a more mature and grounded narrative than its predecessor. The second installation in the franchise is considered to this day as one of the best horror games of all time – and one of the scariest titles ever, even without relying on gory visuals and an avalanche of jump scares.

And while the series has been in limbo for decades, except for an HD Collection back in 2013, Silent Hill is finally returning to grace our screens in the coming months. No release date has been officially disclosed, but Polish studio Bloober Team confirmed a Silent Hill 2 remake on PC and PS5 was in the making. According to IGN, French filmmaker Christophe Gans will also return to the foggy town sometime in 2024 with a new approach to the story told in Silent Hill 2.

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Last Updated: Apr 20, 2023