It appears the cat may be out of the bag a little early, as Sony has announced that eight different PlayStation 2 classics will be re-released for the PlayStation 4 today. The news, which could have been being saved for today’s PlayStation Experience panel, was leaked earlier in the week.
The list of PS2 classics which will be available today, which can be seen below, cover a handful of genres. Each of the classics will run between $10 – $15, which is a little more expensive than the PS1 classics were for the PlayStation 3.
- Dark Cloud — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99
- Rogue Galaxy — $14.99
- The Mark Of Kri — $14.99
- Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99
- War of the Monsters — $9.99
While some may scoff at the price, these aren’t just straight ports. All of the titles has been upscaled to 1080p, and come packed with features such as Trophies, Share Play, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Activity Feeds and manuals that can be displayed through either the PlayStation Vita or PlayStation App. These additional features are one of the reasons why PlayStation 2 games are technically not backwards compatible on the PlayStation 4.
Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president, says that the company plans to bring additional PS2 games to the PS4 “on a regular basis.” The announcement video for the feature even showcases some of the future titles, which includes classics such as Fantavision, PaRappa The Rapper 2 and Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits. Additionally, SNK fighter The King of Fighters 2000, which is playable at PlayStation Experience, has been confirmed to be coming as well.
I’ll be honest, some of these titles don’t really interest me. For example, I can safely say I have no desire to play any of the classic GTA games ever again. However, hits such as The Mark of Kri and Rogue Galaxy have me more than interested in the service and I’m excited to see what Sony chooses to bring over further down the line, as there are plenty of PS2 titles I would re-buy for the PS4.
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