According to Kotaku UK’s latest scoop, Capcom is porting Okami HD to PS4 and Xbox One this December.
The evidence we’ve seen shows that two different European retail chains have recently added Okami HD to their internal upcoming physical releases calendar. Both retail chains are in different parts of the EU, and both list the game as releasing on 12th December 2017. The detail of the physical release is especially interesting, as the 2012 HD release on PS3 was only available as a download in the west (despite the Japanese boxed release featuring multi-region language support).
In the games industry, one should beware of placing too much faith in retail schedules. Not only is the information sometimes inaccurate, but it’s relatively easy to fake. Nevertheless, our two sources had similar information, and we verified both as working where they claimed.
It seems that the PS4’s backward compatibility woes are being addressed one by one with fan favourites like the Jak and Daxter series, and now Okami seeing ports onto Sony’s latest console by the end of this year.
Originally released on PS2, ported to the Wii and remastered on the PS3 – Okami is an action-adventure game in the spirit of the classic Zelda titles that features a Japanese folklore setting and a plot inspired by several short stories. Critically acclaimed for its writing, as well as the innovative “Celestial Brush” gameplay; the game has its fair share of fans, albeit this didn’t translate into commercial success at the time – a fact that led to the bittersweet demise of Clover Studio (of Viewtiful Joe and God Hand fame) who would go on to form Platinum Games.
As for details of the port; we can only speculate – but given that the PS3 version rendered internally at 4K resolution and ran at a flawless framerate, we expect great results.
What did you think of Okami? Are you excited for the port, and are there any other series you’d like to see come to current-gen consoles?
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