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The making of Shadow of the Colossus on PS4


Now known as the ‘masters of the remaster’, Bluepoint Games has a well-earned, solid gold reputation for delivering some of the best current-gen – and indeed last-gen – ports of gaming’s most beloved properties. From Metal Gear Solid to God of War, from Gravity Rush to the Uncharted trilogy, Bluepoint’s work has been uniformly excellent across the years.

However, with the recently released Shadow of the Colossus remake, the studio has pushed on to a new level. The developer has built upon its existing PS3 remastering efforts with a full-blown remake, reimagining Team Ico’s original work with a release that captures and enhances the unique ambience of the PS2 classic, executed to today’s triple-A gaming standards.

That said, despite some extensive pre-launch marketing, there’s still a lot that we don’t know about this game. What engine technologies did Bluepoint draw upon to create this remake? To what extent does original Team Ico codebase factor into the new game? And looking towards Shadow’s stunning PlayStation 4 Pro implementation, how does the team manage to make its 40fps 4K mode look so good despite a 1440p base framebuffer? And conversely, looking at the performance mode, how did Bluepoint hit its 60fps target so consistently when so many have failed?

And there’s more than just technical discussion too: with the team’s staff roster expanded significantly for the Shadow of the Colossus, where does the team go next? Will we see a brand new, original game or will the team instead take push even further with another remake?

In this mostly tech-orientated interview, we talk with Bluepoint’s president and co-owner, Marco Thrush, along with tech director Peter Dalton and produce Randall Lowe. And we’ve got options for you: carry on reading from here, or else watch our video below which contains all of the same content – plus a bonus, where Marco, Randall and Peter tell us about their favourite areas in the game (backed up appropriate video, of course).

We really got a kick out of this interview and learned a whole lot more about this remarkable game. We hope you enjoy it too.