After announcing that they were remaking Medievil at PSX late last year, Sony has been very quiet about Sir Daniel Fortesque’s transition to the PS4. That is until last week, when they said that there would be news soon. And then yesterday (US time) in a PlayStation blog post, they dropped the new gameplay trailer (fittingly) on Halloween! Check it out below:
I am so excited for this one guys, not just because I was convinced that Sony had quietly dropped the project after hearing nothing about it for so long. Halloween was the final hope, and they delivered. The remake project is still alive and well, and it looks bayootiful. Like the Crash and Spyro remakes, it’s been entirely recreated from the ‘grave’ up (and damn does it show in those comparison shots).
If you are unfamiliar with this amazing game, MediEvil is a 3rd person action-platformer where you play as a revived coward skeleton with 1 eye, bumbling to redemption. At one point, you can acquire chicken drumsticks as a weapon that turns your enemies into literal chicken. Yes, it’s as amazing as it sounds. Anyway, the plot is this:
‘MediEvil follows the story of Sir Dan, an unlikely champion who met an unfortunate end on the field of battle. He receives a chance at redemption when his nemesis, the evil sorcerer Lord Zarok, accidentally resurrects him 100 years after that fateful day. Lord Zarok seeks to conquer the Kingdom of Gallowmere, and only the skeletal Sir Dan stands between Zarok’s army of the undead and the kingdom he swore to protect.’
MediEvil was one of my favourite games growing up – I remember obsessing over the original PS1 version, and then downloading it to replay on my PS3. It has a colourful and atmospheric world, a gorgeous Burton-esque style, amazing music, hilarious characters and great level design. Every collectable in the game feels mightily significant (I couldn’t finish a level if I hadn’t filled the chalice first) and the weapon upgrades were always pretty great (see aforementioned chicken drumstick). It introduced nothing new but it did everything SO well. And now we get to play it with beautiful, updated graphics! It’s a great time to be alive.
The trailer doesn’t give an exact date, but it says the MediEvil remake will release sometime in 2019. Hopefully it can follow the success of the Crash trilogy so we can get the sequel too!