Fear Effect Joins the remaster/remake brigade

Fear Effect Reimagined Title

While a lot of people were oohing and ahhing over the inevitable announcement of Final Fantasy 15 hitting the PC.

I was more surprised to see that Fear Effect is getting the remaster/remake/reimagine treatment.

Aptly named, Fear Effect Reinvented follows hot on the heels of many other retro console re-releases, such as Wonder Boy and Night Trap (much love to Limited Run Games for the small physical console release of both of these).

It is a game that I have not played in a great while and one that at the time was limited by the hardware of the machine it was released on. So seeing it get the love it deserves after all this time makes me happy.

I do wonder if this love will eventually take aim at the second instalment of the series Fear Effect 2: Retro Helix. Although I reckon it will all depend on the sales of this reinvention of the first game.

Fear Effect won praise from critics across the board back in 2000, dropping players into the dark underbelly that lies beneath Hong Kong’s brightly lit streets. On the hunt for the daughter of a powerful Triad leader kidnapped by persons unknown, players took control of any one of three mercenaries – Hana, Deke, and Glas – as they explored a world uniquely rendered in full-motion video. It was a visual feast few of its contemporaries at the time could compete with.

Published by Square Enix Collective, Fear Effect Reinvented will look to be equally ambitious when it hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC in 2018. This new project will once again unite developer Sushee with support from Poland-based publisher Forever Entertainment.

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