A HD remaster of Okami might be making its way to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
According to reports from Kotaku UK, two individual European retailers included the game on their retail physical release calendar, reporting that the game will be out on December 12. Capcom have yet to comment on the rumour but fans have been hoping for a re-release of the remaster on current gen consoles for a while.
Okami HD was previously only available in the west as a PSN download for PlayStation 3 users, released in 2012. The game is a remastered version of Hideki Kamiya’s (Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, Wonderful 101) PlayStation 2 action-adventure game developed by Clover Studio (Viewtiful Joe, God Hand) and published by Capcom. The game was first released in 2006 and later ported to the Nintendo Wii in 2008.
In an interview with IGN, Kamiya admitted that the game is influenced by The Legend of Zelda and his childhood experience with the Japanese countryside.
“No one said, ‘hey, we’re going to make a Zelda game,” he told IGN, “[but] if there were no Zelda, there would be no Okami.”
Okami is best known for its intriguing and beautiful level design mirroring Japanese folklore, brought to life by cel-shaded graphics inspired by sumi-e, a Japanese style of ink and wash painting. The game is often compared to The Legend of Zelda series with an emphasis on platforming, puzzle-solving and adventure: you play as, the Shinto sun-goddess, Amaterasu, who transforms into a white wolf on her journey to save the land from darkness.
As someone who never had the chance to play Okami, I’m excited to (hopefully) experience it. It’s a cult-classic of the last decade and even now, there aren’t many games that truly capture Japanese mythology quite like it.
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