@Vildiur said in Just release PSO1 remaster already.:
Eh, PSO1 was good back in the day, for today standards it doesn't stand a chance, would need MAJOR mechanics remake, to the point it will no longer be PSO1.
What would be cool though, is that NGS will narrate the story of settling in ragol, as part of the tripulation of Pioneer 1 We all know how the story ends, but PSO2 has a thing for parallel universes.
I don't think people realize just how poorly PSO has aged. The game is still playable in it's full capacity through various means, so it's still there if you want to play it. Even I'll admit I pick it up from time to time just for that shot of nostalgia in the arm - then quickly remember why this is game that I played back in the early 2000s. It just has not aged well.
The level design, outside of the Forest and Island, is incredibly barebones and generic as hell, the actual combat is essentially "Stand there - hit thing it dies before you die", and god help you if you want to play a Force, as that core gameplay loop involved you essentially returning to Pioneer 2 every 5 minutes for more Fluids. Worst still, the game was incredibly gear orientated - to the point where if you were under leveled or under geared, you simply could not progress, period. There was no player skill that could help you over come a challenge, no creative build to bypass a gear check. If you didn't have the proper equipment or weren't high enough level, you could not progress, and your only option was to complete easier areas until this was not the case.
Don't get me wrong, I loved PSO when it came out, and I still do, but the game belongs in the past. It has not aged well, at all, compared to other games in that era. Hell, Final Fantasy XI, for all it's jank, has aged better than PSO did, and it came out two years after PSO.
If PSO were to be brought back to the modern limelight, it would need more than an HD Remaster. It would need a full rework from the ground up, and at that point you may as well just find a way to incorporate Ragol into New Gensis, as others have mentioned.
PSO was great, for it's time, but unlike many games that came out during it's generation, PSO did not age well, and it should really just remain in the past.