Representatives from Bluepoint Games recently sat down with Eurogamer to discuss the creation of the PS4 remake of Shadow of the Colossus, during which they also let slip a few details about the studio’s next project. Bluepoint have gained a reputation as the “masters of the remaster,” having produced well-received revamps of the first three Metal Gear Solid Games, the Uncharted series, and Gravity Rush, before tackling Shadow of the Colossus. Clearly the studio has talent, so will they ever release an original game of their own? Not quite yet, says Bluepoint president Marco Thrush…
"Well, we could [make an original game], but we're doing another remake. […] Our next step is, let's improve the art pipeline, let's improve the engine, let's improve workflow for artists, let's grow on the art side some more to handle our next project, because it's a bit bigger. And our next focus is, all right, let's work on design and add new stuff to get to the next remake, because now that can be our sole focus.”
Even if Bluepoint isn’t launching into original game development just yet, technical director Peter Dalton makes it sounds like it will be in the cards, eventually.
“With [Shadow of the Colossus], the studio grew in both number of people and skill level. And so, we continue to grow and expand and look at areas of weakness. One area that we've not explored very deeply is, 'What does our design prowess looks like? What is our ability to build something original and to expand it, rather than just upgrading something?' and so we look at those things and we are constantly trying to enhance and strengthen the studio to get to a point where, yeah, doing original development or whatever comes our way, we're fully capable of doing it."
So, what could Bluepoint’s next project be? It’s probably a fairly safe bet its something Sony-related, and we know it will be a bigger undertaking than Shadow of the Colossus. Some folks have thrown out Demon’s Souls (which was published by Sony in Japan) as a possibility. Perhaps they’ll collaborate with Naughty Dog again for a full remaster/remake of the Jak and Daxter series? Or maybe the early InFamous or Killzone games could make a return? Personally, I’d love to see an Ape Escape collection, but that’s probably a lost cause.
What do you think? What remaster/remake would you like to see Bluepoint tackle next?