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Until Dawn is Somewhere Between a Remake and a Remaster, Out Later This Year

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Image: Ballistic Moon

After a round of rumours, a new version of Until Dawn was announced during last night’s State of Play stream. It’s coming to PS5 and PC later this year. But is it a remake or a remaster? Once again, the lines are rather blurred, and we can’t exactly make a call either way.

To us – and we imagine to most people – a remaster is simply a game that takes the original material and… enhances it. The same textures, characters, sounds and environments are used, but they’re improved, made better, brought up to modern-day standards. A remake on the other hand, rebuilds everything from the ground-up. It might even change some key elements of the game, making it markedly different from the original.

The new Until Dawn, in development by Ballistic Moon Studio, won’t be markedly different. But it’s clearly more than just a remaster. The PlayStation Blog says it’s being “rebuilt in Unreal Engine 5”, and “rebuilt with the latest tools and techniques”. But in the same paragraph, it goes on to say that existing character performances are being enhanced with “new and improved” animations. And characters, environments and VFX have been “upgraded”.

Watch the announcement trailer for Until Dawn below:

We think it’s fair to say that it’s somewhere in the middle then: part remake, part remaster. It’s a little like The Last of Us Part I in that regard. More work has been done here than a standard remaster, but it’s using a substantial amount of the original material. It blurs the lines of what we’ve come to expect of the terms “remake” or “remaster” – and maybe more games will continue to do so in the future.

Whatever you want to call it, though, this enhanced version of Until Dawn is something to look forward to. It’s been almost a decade since the original game released on PS4. It’s never made its way to PC, either, so for PC gamers this will be their first opportunity to enter into the eerie world of Until Dawn. Boy, are you in for a treat.

Aside from visual enhancements, there are some key improvements and additions coming to the gameplay. There’s a new third-person camera, allowing for a new viewpoint while you’re playing. There are new locations too, where you’ll find new collectibles and new things to interact with. There’s also a brand new score to look forward to, composed by horror veteran Mark Korven, whose works you’ll have heard on The Witch, The Lighthouse and The Black Phone, amongst many others.

There’s no release date just yet for Until Dawn, but it’s expected later this year. Until then, you can read more over on the PlayStation Blog.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.