The Teams Behind The Terrible XIII Remake Are Very Sorry

The Teams Behind The Terrible XIII Remake Are Very Sorry
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There’s a remake of cult classic XIII out, and it sucks! It’s cheap, it’s rushed and it strips away some of the only things people liked about the original, namely its bold cel-shaded comic book art style. For that, both the publishers and developers are now — only now, after everyone has panned the game — sorry.

The XIII Remake Is Not Good

Cult classic XIII, a cel-shaded shooter from 2003, has been remade, with the newer version out today. And boy, fans of the original are not happy with it.

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In a joint statement issued on the site of publishers Microids, both they and developers PlayMagic say (emphasis mine):


The highly anticipated remake of XIII, awaited by many fans, came out earlier this week. Unfortunately, players expectations have not been met by the launch version and we hear loud and clear the legitimate criticism and disappointment.

First and foremost, we would like to offer our most sincere apologies for the game’s technical issues. In its present state, XIII does not meet our quality standards and we fully understand players’ frustrations. The pandemic has impacted the game’s production on many levels. Pivoting to home working for the teams has added unexpected delays in the development schedule and the QA process. We hoped we would be able to provide a Day One patch fixing all the issues but the development of this update is taking more time than expected.

We want to assure you that PlayMagic is working hard to solve all the game’s issues. With live monitoring and multiple patches in the upcoming days and weeks, we hope to reach the quality level we all expect for the optimum gaming experience. The first update will be pushed shortly to fix the most urgent issues regarding the controls, frame rate, collisions, rendering and sound. For information about the upcoming patches, please follow this link:

In addition, we wanted to thank the community for all the feedback. We are reviewing every single comment carefully, passing along the bugs and issues to the development team. Feel free to send us your feedback and questions to: [email protected]

Finally, know that we are working on a detailed road map highlighting the upcoming free additions to the game content like new levels, weapons, skins and modes for the local multiplayer.

We are aiming to please all the XIII fans and we’ll work relentlessly to achieve our goal.

The teams at Microids and PlayMagic

Blaming the pandemic is pretty weak, since there was surely no super important deadline they had to hit with this! At least 2020’s sports games had an excuse for being a little light, but nobody was demanding a remake of a 2003 shooter land this quarter or else. If the pandemic was causing “unexpected delays”, just…delay the game!

Anyway, I said this last week, but you can still buy the original for pocket change, which at this seems like a much better way to play the game than wait for this to somehow be made less terrible.


    • Right? What gun was pointed at their head forcing them to release something that doesn’t meet their standards? Clearly it DID meet their standards, because they fucking released it. The only reason they’re saying anything now is because it overwhelmingly did not meet players’ standards to such a degree that it hurt sales.

  • They apologise for the technical issues, but they haven’t addressed the fact that the biggest issues are all about their apparent lack of knowledge on why the original was a cult hit.

    The art style was a huge part of that. The core loop was a huge part of that. They changed both for reasons that nobody in the wider public can understand and nobody in the team have addressed. I played the PC version of the original on GOG a few years ago and it was a fun time that was definitely a product of its time.

  • I hit the ‘ignore’ button on the remake on Steam, then bought the original on Steam for three dollars fifty.

    I wasn’t the only one. And I know they can see those stats.

    It’s a real shame no-one’s going to be able to hold the publisher’s feet to the fire. Why release something that doesn’t meet standards? Surely there should be someone checking to make sure a product meets standards BEFORE it’s released instead of finding out about it after release like it’s some kind of fucking surprise they can pretend to be just as upset about as players, as if it wasn’t their own fucking decision.

    • Piss off. There are a hundred games at least deserving of a remake. Remakes are good, I never would have been able to play Mafia 1 without the remake, and I never would have been able to play Halo 2 again without the remake. I’ve already played Demon’s Souls so I probably won’t play the remake but goddamn it looks amazing and I’m glad it exists!

  • Remakes are lazy, and his was particularly bad. They tried making a real quick buck and failed. In my own experience I’ve bought and played AOE2 HD remake and the definitive edition, that is a remake. Solid improvements and additions to the game whilst understanding what made the game great in the first place.

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