Do Remakes Show Devs Have ‘Run out of Ideas’?

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One of the biggest buzzwords of this gaming generation is “remake” and “remaster”-- that is, old games that have been enhanced for current-gen consoles. Unlike last-gen, remakes make up a big portion of the games offered on the Xbox One and PS4.

Now, while gamers seem to purchase remastered games in their millions, there is a general consensus that video game developers are going overboard with them. This sentiment is shared by EA’s COO Peter Moore, who attributes their proliferation to devs having run out of ideas. When asked if EA would release a Mass Effect Trilogy remake any time soon in an interview with IG, Moore stated:
“It feels like pushing stuff out because you’ve run out of ideas. Remakes, because of who we are, and this broad portfolio of intellectual property…you add all that together, I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes. We’re a company that just likes to push forward.”
The Microsoft executive does, however, understand why devs produce remakes, explaining:
“For a lot of companies, remakes are a way to drive revenue. It’s sub-cost, it’s an IP that’s there, you can remaster, and that’s great. We don’t do that here. I don’t think that’s ever been in our culture.”
Moore’s view on remakes is one shared with many gamers and critics. However, the fact that the comments are coming from EA, a company notorious for yearly releases with very little variation, has some scratching their heads. What do you think about remakes and remasters? Do you want more of them? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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