Capcom has confirmed that a high definition remaster of beloved classic Okami is headed for release on PS4, Xbox One and PC December 12, 2017. The game was previously remastered for the PS3 in 2012, but Okami HD marks the first time the BAFTA Award-winning 2006 title will available to PC and Xbox owners, and with 4K support. In their official press release September 12th, Capcom also confirmed the remaster will also allow players to choose between the game’s original 4:3 aspect ratio or a more modern 16:9. It’ll cost $19.99 when it launches this winter.
“The original game, released to critical and consumer acclaim in 2006, was hailed as one of the most beautiful games ever created, and this latest release with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style is now even more breathtaking as the graphics have been updated to take advantage of modern high resolutions. Okami HD will be compatible with Xbox One X and PS4 Pro while featuring stunning 4K graphics on Xbox One X, PS4 Pro and supported PC hardware.”
“In Okami HD players take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf Shiranui on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world into a ruined wasteland. Players must use Amaterasu’s magical abilities and arsenal of items, attacks and Celestial Brush techniques to restore the land of Nippon to its previous glory full of life and color. Along the way, Amaterasu will be called upon to help a cast of quirky and intriguing characters and defeat a bevy of brutal enemies to rid the land of Orochi’s curse.”
The chance to see Okami with crystal clear, modern picture quality is worth getting excited about, but Okami‘s reputation stems from more than just its art style. Critics at the time agreed that the game was equally special from a design and gameplay perspective, celebrating it as a worthy action-adventure game as well. Okami‘s stunning legacy and universal acclaim didn’t exactly translate to enormous sales, however, meaning this remaster gives new and old players another opportunity to experience it for the first time.