Back in late 2020, the cult classic cell-shaded shooter XIII re-appeared with a then-current-gen remake. It's safe to say that the re-release didn't exactly go to plan, with the game ending up being the worst rated Xbox release of the year, according to Metacritic.
Publisher Microids seems to have taken the feedback on board though. Almost two years later, the French publisher is re-launching XIII, with Xbox Series X|S support. The game will utilise 60FPS playback on the latest Xbox consoles, and it'll be a free upgrade for owners of the old Xbox One version. Nice!
The big overhaul launches on September 13th, with a different developer at the helm. French studio Tower Five is working on the relaunch, which will fix the game's current issues alongside adding that support for next-gen systems. Here's a quote from Microids, apologising for the initial launch and detailing how things are changing:
"We are fully aware and terribly sorry that the initial launch of XIII Remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC did not reach players’ expected quality standards. A bit more than a year ago we took the decision to hire the studio Tower Five to finish the development of the game. Tower Five worked with us in the past, notably on the great port of Agatha Christie: The ABC Murders on Nintendo Switch.
We really wanted to take the time to fix the game and offer owners of XIII Remake a free update paying the best possible tribute to the original game we all love. The Nintendo Switch version of the game will of course benefit from all the work done to improve the game as well as the multiplayer mode, which will mark the end of the game’s development. We can’t wait for players to put their hands on this improved version of the game and (re)discover the classic adventures of Agent XIII, as soon as it’s released after the Summer."
Is it time to give XIII another go once this update drops? Let us know.
Well done to them.
Now I'll finally make the point to get this. XIII was an excellent, unique game in its heyday.
Glad they're trying to fix it up. Though I'm 100% waiting until after reviews come out to make a decision on this one.
I'm not sure what this offers over the original version.
I played the PS2 original and had a blast then straight after I tried to play the remake on X1 about 6 months ago and I couldn't even be bothered to get past the second level aside from the screen tearing and bugs there was just something else missing that the original had.
Hopefully this patch/fix can find that "something" that was missing and put it back and maybe even refine it.
This game was the winner of "worst remake"
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