Originally mentioned earlier this year, the first entry of the Killzone series was set to make its debut on the PS3 – albeit in an unknown form. Not much in the way of details were given, but after suddenly being yanked from its presumed release date it was unknown what the fate was for the game, which one can surmise was a rather distressing thing for fans who wanted to play the game that started it all.
Well after a few whispers here and there along with the typical early leak info via an online retailer, Sony has announced the Killzone Trilogy. It may seem predictable of Sony to do yet another bundle of one of their core franchises, but the noteworthy thing about this is that it’ll include the first Killzone game redone in HD plus Trophies. Yes, today is a good day to be a Killzone fan.
The rest of the Killzone Trilogy will be relatively expected material for those who have played the games as it’ll included Killzone 2, Killzone 3, and the accompanying multiplayer DLC for both games. What may be more enticing are the specifics for Killzone HD since a good portion of PS3 gamers may have never actually played the game before. If you’re part of the Killzone newbie club then you’re in luck as Killzone HD has been remastered with 720P visuals and has been locked at 30fps, the latter of which is a huge plus as the game suffered from major framerate issues on the PS2.
Killzone HD won’t include any major new features such as stereoscopic 3D or PlayStation Move support nor will it include splitscreen or multiplayer support. Having such features omitted may sound like the game is a lost cause, but the first Killzone is actually one of the best entries in the series and based on the first crop of screens released I’m mighty impressed with how the game looks. Not being able to do multiplayer in Killzone HD is likely going to be an ever constant sore point, but having reconfigured controls and what is one of the most diverse Killzone campaigns (multiple playable characters) ought to even things out a bit.
The Killzone Trilogy will be released on October 23rd for $39.99. If you’re in the same boat as I am and already own Killzone 2 & 3, then fear not as Killzone HD will receive a standalone release on the PlayStation Network. Price specifics for Killzone HD haven’t been announced, but I’m sure it’ll be reasonable as Sony hasn’t hosed gamers with their other HD remaster offerings.