It was revealed during PSX 2017 that the original PlayStation’s least likely hero would be making a return with a PS4 remake. MediEvil was set to be given a fresh lick of paint with a new generation about to be introduced to Sir Daniel Fortesque and his ugly charms.
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And there’s been next to nothing heard on the game since. Normally, this wouldn’t be a cause for concern: games are difficuly beasts and take plenty of time and effort to produce. However, with the MediEvil remake slated for 2018 and it not being a part of E3 2018 or any event since, it looks like time is running out for the cult favourite to make its release window.
Details have been scarce with the MediEvil PS4 remake from the beginning. We tried to talk to Sony for more details a few months back and all they had to say was that it was being made in-house, though they couldn’t provide the name of a particular studio.
The trailer itself may have given clues that it was a project still in its infancy. By all accounts the definition of a teaser trailer, it was the smallest of glimpses at the remake that you would really struggle to gather any screenshots from. Sony don’t have any press assets available for the game, either. This is a game supposedly releasing in the next four months with August coming to its end.
The official PlayStation Blog post for the MediEvil remake was equally short on details at the time of the project’s announcement. Shawn Layden, the Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios, penned a post discussing that the Medievil resurrection was hot on the heels of the Crash Bandicoot do-over:
“Hot on the heels of this year’s smash hit Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, we’re making another PlayStation fan dream come true: a proper, PS4-grade resurrection of the original MediEvil just in time for the game’s 20th anniversary.”
That bolded section could provide the biggest hint of when we can expect MediEvil to land on the PS4. The original Medievil debuted on the PS1 in 1998 on October 9th, which ties it in nicely with the month of Halloween. If we’re to see the game sometime this year, expect it to land in October. It may even have an outing a Paris Games Week in the same month, which Sony seem to be fans of.
Still, the fact remains that MediEvil has yet to have a second public airing or any new information, which could mean one of two things: either Sony are preparing a surprise drop in the vein of Unravel Two, or the project is struggling. Sony are unlikely to ever admit the latter, which is evidenced by WiLD, a game that is almost certainly no longer a thing after years of no movement or news whatsoever.
Sony’s marketing this generation has been vague when announcing new games with much of the lineup from their hallowed E3 2016 still unreleased or without a release date. Here’s hoping we see something from MediEvil soon, because I couldn’t bear the thought of Sir Daniel dying for a second time.