A Team ICO HD Collection Looks More And More Likely

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Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

It feels as if an announcement of an ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD collection is a certainty as we head into Tokyo Games Show 2010. Rumors of a supposed PS3 bundle of these two beloved PS2-era titles have been particularly persistent, circulating for about a year. It's clear that people want the collection, and it's also appearing much more likely that something is up SCE's sleeves. The latest three rumors indicating that such a collection exists are powerful ones indeed.

Let's take a look, first, at what has prompted the new round of rumors. Last weekend, US retailer Walmart listed ICO/Shadow of the Colossus PS3 for an April 2011 release. No mention of a remake is made in the listing, but it's priced similar to the God of War Collection--a collection you have to assume is the model SCE looks at when considering PS2-era remakes. That one had two games, the press liked it, and the fans gobbled it up.   
 


It bears mentioning that the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus bundle has been listed before at other retailers--much earlier than this one, in fact--but none have the sort of pull, power, or shelf space that Walmart has. It's OK to raise your eyebrow at this listing. It's convincing.

== TEASER ==But after Walmart re-ignited the rumor mill, Eurogamer got in touch with a mysterious source that has added some heat to these rumblings. The source confirmed SCE's plans to push out an ICO/Shadow of the Colossus collection, though the source said it was possible that the collection could see an earlier March 2011 release.  
 


And now it appears that we have some box art to look at. Swedish retailer Webhallen's image from its listing of the game looks rather convincing, but it's impossible to tell if it's authentic. The image, which was apparently spotted first by a Twitter account that doesn't haven an affiliation with Sony yet goes by the name "PlayStation Team," hasn't been something Sony is willing to talk about. As is proper, the publisher is giving out its "no comment on rumor or speculation" boilerplate in regards to this image, as well as these latest rumors, across the board (via Joystiq).

As previously reported, Sony is open to PS2 HD remake collections beyond the God of War Collection, which makes this Team ICO collection seem even more like a real thing. Speaking with IGN at this year's E3, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke highly of the God of War Collection and said Sony is "looking to continue to do these [kinds] of HD conversions." And of course, a Sly Cooper collection is already confirmed to be en route.
 
Whether that means ICO and Shadows of Colossus--two highly regarded and well-loved games by critics and fans alike--will be the next collection is still up in the air. I suppose we'll have to continue waiting, at least until Tokyo Game Show later this week. 
 
Here's the full image of the boxart from Webhallen:  
 


UPDATE:  The latest issue of Famitsu confirms that ICO and Shadow of the Colossus will each be receiving an HD makeover. The two games, however, are being listed separately in the mag, making it hard to confirm that Sony intends to bundle the two games. (Via Kotaku.)        
#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -

It feels as if an announcement of an ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD collection is a certainty as we head into Tokyo Games Show 2010. Rumors of a supposed PS3 bundle of these two beloved PS2-era titles have been particularly persistent, circulating for about a year. It's clear that people want the collection, and it's also appearing much more likely that something is up SCE's sleeves. The latest three rumors indicating that such a collection exists are powerful ones indeed.

Let's take a look, first, at what has prompted the new round of rumors. Last weekend, US retailer Walmart listed ICO/Shadow of the Colossus PS3 for an April 2011 release. No mention of a remake is made in the listing, but it's priced similar to the God of War Collection--a collection you have to assume is the model SCE looks at when considering PS2-era remakes. That one had two games, the press liked it, and the fans gobbled it up.   
 


It bears mentioning that the ICO/Shadow of the Colossus bundle has been listed before at other retailers--much earlier than this one, in fact--but none have the sort of pull, power, or shelf space that Walmart has. It's OK to raise your eyebrow at this listing. It's convincing.

== TEASER ==But after Walmart re-ignited the rumor mill, Eurogamer got in touch with a mysterious source that has added some heat to these rumblings. The source confirmed SCE's plans to push out an ICO/Shadow of the Colossus collection, though the source said it was possible that the collection could see an earlier March 2011 release.  
 


And now it appears that we have some box art to look at. Swedish retailer Webhallen's image from its listing of the game looks rather convincing, but it's impossible to tell if it's authentic. The image, which was apparently spotted first by a Twitter account that doesn't haven an affiliation with Sony yet goes by the name "PlayStation Team," hasn't been something Sony is willing to talk about. As is proper, the publisher is giving out its "no comment on rumor or speculation" boilerplate in regards to this image, as well as these latest rumors, across the board (via Joystiq).

As previously reported, Sony is open to PS2 HD remake collections beyond the God of War Collection, which makes this Team ICO collection seem even more like a real thing. Speaking with IGN at this year's E3, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke highly of the God of War Collection and said Sony is "looking to continue to do these [kinds] of HD conversions." And of course, a Sly Cooper collection is already confirmed to be en route.
 
Whether that means ICO and Shadows of Colossus--two highly regarded and well-loved games by critics and fans alike--will be the next collection is still up in the air. I suppose we'll have to continue waiting, at least until Tokyo Game Show later this week. 
 
Here's the full image of the boxart from Webhallen:  
 


UPDATE:  The latest issue of Famitsu confirms that ICO and Shadow of the Colossus will each be receiving an HD makeover. The two games, however, are being listed separately in the mag, making it hard to confirm that Sony intends to bundle the two games. (Via Kotaku.)        
#3 Posted by Yummylee (22579 posts) -

Never played either of them on the PS2 so all the more hope for these to get released.

#4 Posted by Vorbis (2750 posts) -

Sold.

#5 Posted by Hairydutchman (1040 posts) -

Jaeae

#6 Posted by Rincewind (262 posts) -

good deal

#7 Posted by EvilEmpire (28 posts) -

As a PS3 owner who never owned a PS2 and has never played either of these games, this makes me very happy.

#8 Posted by Warchief (661 posts) -

good pickup for those who never played the games. 

#9 Edited by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -

Color me 100% excited and 0% surprised.
 
I just assumed this was confirmed the day they announced the Sly Cooper Collection.
 
In other news, where the eff is The Last Guardian hiding?

#10 Posted by Fontan (318 posts) -

Count me in.
#11 Posted by SpacePenguin (479 posts) -

Shadow off the Colossus is my favorite game of all time.

#12 Posted by Mads76 (23 posts) -

Dang! I just paid through the nose to own these classics on PS2!! Still I got a steal with both! ;-) Can't wait for the HD versions too!

#13 Posted by JackSukeru (5967 posts) -

I could still play both of these games on my PS3 so I'm more interested in The Sly Collection at this point. 
 
Still, those are a couple of pretty rad games if you're into the climby, puzzly stuff.

#14 Posted by Soulblitz (350 posts) -

I missed out on both these classics, and I can imagine playing them upscaled on a massive TV looks pretty poor, if I could even find copies to buy. This'll be a day one purchase for me!

#15 Posted by Aut0n (40 posts) -

I'd love to buy this.

#16 Posted by XaiaX (111 posts) -

You can probably see my gameboner from space right now.

#17 Posted by Terry_Bogard (303 posts) -

I wonder if the people who get hype over ICO have even played it.. That game sucks hard. Colossus, however, does not suck.

#18 Edited by CharlesAlanRatliff (5463 posts) -

Hopefully they keep that Ico box art for the U.S. edition, instead of using the shitty version we got originally.

#19 Posted by Kjedi (3 posts) -

Looks like I'll finally get around to playing these games that I never got a chance to the first time around.  I'm Interested to see what other collections they're going to put together like this in the future.

#20 Posted by ChickenPants (934 posts) -

ICO is going for insane prices online at the moment so yeah, this is right up my alley.

#21 Posted by MrMazz (1036 posts) -

I would buy this up in a instant 

#22 Posted by Rodiard (442 posts) -

I missed Ico and never finished Colossus. I'd definitely like to revisit the latter in HD, willing to check out the former.

#23 Posted by bluemanrule (44 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
"Never played either of them on the PS2 so all the more hope for these to get released. "

Exactly. That's pretty exciting to hear.
#24 Posted by wrathofconn (1453 posts) -
@ProfessorEss said:
" Color me 100% excited and 0% surprised.  I just assumed this was confirmed the day they announced the Sly Cooper Collection.  In other news, where the eff is The Last Guardian hiding? "
All of this.
#25 Posted by Brad (3334 posts) -

Man, this is just one more reason for me to get rid of my backwards-compatible but also flaky and loud launch PS3 in favor of one of those snazzy new slim units. 
 
What's the market like for an old 60gb these days?

Staff
#26 Posted by shoddyrobot (83 posts) -
@EvilEmpire said:
" As a PS3 owner who never owned a PS2 and has never played either of these games, this makes me very happy. "
same boat. happy to hear this news! This will also be my first experience going back and playing a previous generation game that is totally new to me.
#27 Posted by CosmicQueso (572 posts) -

I really hope this does well, that people buy it specifically *NEW* (used doesn't register as a sale in either NPD or at Sony) and make sure they evangelize this so we get more quality refreshes like this.  The thing is a vast majority of the game buying population has no clue what these two games are (despite SotC being a Greatest Hits title).

#28 Posted by Kyodra (140 posts) -

I sure hope it's real, I wanted to play through Shadow of the Colossus again but the frame rate is horrid, sometimes making the game near unplayable. Hopefully the (possible) collection version will run at 60fps, that would be sweet.

#29 Posted by vidiot (2737 posts) -
@Vito_Raliffe said:
" Hopefully they keep that Ico box art for the U.S. edition, instead of using the shitty version we got originally. "


ewwwwwww
 
I like how if you go to the Ico page on Giantbomb how that "artwork" is for some reason missing and replaced with the original Japanese cover.   
 
In other news: Who do I have to kill for them to announce their going to release it already?! I'll do it! Don't stop me! -_-
  
#30 Posted by Poki3 (529 posts) -

I own both game. I want to buy this still. We'll see if they say anything at TGS.

#31 Posted by Rayeth (1071 posts) -
@Brad: 
 
Really good.  Those backwards compatible PS3s have a great resale value in the marketplace.  There are people still looking for them to play their old PS2 RPGs and such as well as their PS3 games.
#32 Posted by Jethuty (1023 posts) -
@Brad:  Its not there. Seriously i have been trying to sell mine for months.
#33 Posted by damswedon (3202 posts) -
@ProfessorEss said:
" Color me 100% excited and 0% surprised.  I just assumed this was confirmed the day they announced the Sly Cooper Collection.  In other news, where the eff is The Last Guardian hiding? "
If March 2011 is true then maybe summer next year? 
God I hope so. I bought a PS3 in anticipation for The Last Guardian.
#34 Posted by Insectecutor (1205 posts) -

Hell yeah

#35 Posted by Chuck_ (218 posts) -

Any else think it might look weird playing Shadow of the Colossus running at 60 frames a second? It worked for the God of War collection, but these games definitley have a different tone.

#36 Posted by Tophat666 (236 posts) -

A secret that Sony has trouble keeping under wraps?
I've never herd such madness in my life.
 
DO WANT!!!!

#37 Posted by Sarkhan (1196 posts) -

This and fatal frame series is what i want most....what do i want after those(if the make it? god i hope soooooo) think i wont argu over games anymore....as it will be complete if both comes out:)
#38 Edited by beard_of_zeus (1695 posts) -
@Brad said:

" Man, this is just one more reason for me to get rid of my backwards-compatible but also flaky and loud launch PS3 in favor of one of those snazzy new slim units.  What's the market like for an old 60gb these days? "

I'm in the same boat as you, Brad.  My launch 60gb seems to grumble a little louder every time I turn it on.
 
As for your inquiry, there seem to be a lot of folks who want a backwards-compatible system so they can play less popular PS2 games with ease. I must admit, it is quite convenient to be able to play PlayStation 1, 2, and 3 games all with one system; I bet you could find someone to take it off your hands.
#39 Posted by WulfwoodsSins (7 posts) -

If this is true, it is pure win.

#40 Posted by Olivaw (1215 posts) -

I really want them to remaster Shadow of the Colossus and go beyond just upping the resolution and framerate.
 
But I don't know that it'll happen.
 
Oh well. I'll still buy it so I can unhook my goddamn PS2 finally.

#41 Posted by Sticky_Pennies (2019 posts) -

I hope more than anything this is real. I bought the God of War Collection for the same reason I'd buy this: I never played either game (aside from one of those old "Underground Jampack" demos for ICO/SOTC)

#42 Posted by LinusPauling (62 posts) -

I didn't get a chance to play these when they came out on the PS2, so it's great to see I won't miss the boat on this one.  I'll just be very, very late.

#43 Posted by get2sammyb (6412 posts) -

SOLD. In fact, I'll buy two. Maybe.

#44 Posted by bretthancock (778 posts) -

Day one!!  Cannot wait.

#45 Posted by Khane (14 posts) -

I would definitely buy this.  

I've been thinking about buying a used copy of ICO for a while now. 
I never got a chance to play it when it was new.

#46 Posted by ribeye (411 posts) -

Day 1

#47 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -

I am so extremely excited for this, I can't wait!!

#48 Posted by gettodachoppa (41 posts) -

Cannot wait to play Shadow of the Colossus without the crippling slowdown.

#49 Posted by RussianDrink (117 posts) -

Day 1 perch.

#50 Edited by ProfessorEss (7523 posts) -
@get2sammyb said:

" SOLD. In fact, I'll buy two. Maybe. "

So you can pretend you have to change discs when you want to play the other one?  :P

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