MediEvil, the remake of the 1998 action-adventure game for the original PlayStation, is coming to life via a newly released announcement trailer. Sir Daniel Fortesque has risen from the grave once more, revisiting the adventure that started it all. It's a Halloween treat but also partly a trick. While it's exciting to see the first footage of MediEvil's modern update, Sony has decided not to share MediEvil's release date on PlayStation 4 beyond a general 2019 just yet.
Luckily, MediEvil's Halloween announcement trailer features plenty of gameplay for nostalgic fans to pore over. The trailer, which lasts just over a minute and forty seconds, shows off a variety of combat and puzzle scenarios. That includes plenty of Sir Dan getting hit by enemies, which players from the 90s may recall as a common occurrence. Despite the radical visual changes, it's clear that the MediEvil remake aims for authenticity.
To see just how important authenticity is to the remake, the trailer provides several comparison shots between the classic MediEvil and its remake. There's a fight with several zombies, some puzzle-based platform shifting, some direct platforming, and even the start of a boss fight with what seems to be a new cinematic. There are absolutely some dramatic differences between the two versions, from the camera angles to entirely new animations, but it still appears to have the same feel.
In addition to showcasing the MediEvil remake's gameplay and visuals, the new trailer also confirmed some technical details. The MediEvil remake will be optimized for the PlayStation 4 Pro, including 4K availability. That's not exactly surprising given that other remakes like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro also support 4K on the PS4 Pro, but it's still a nice detail to have confirmed.
Whether or not MediEvil ultimately ends up being a great remake may ultimately be out of the developer's hands, though. MediEvil may just not stand the test of time in the same way that Crash Bandicoot has somehow managed. Its been 20 years after all. But at the very least, it seems like Sony and Other Ocean Interactive are giving MediEvil the chance it deserves to appeal to modern audiences.
MediEvil releases in 2019 exclusively on PlayStation 4.