Grand Theft Auto V – will it make it three generations in a row?

A reader predicts that big name games including GTA V and Borderlands 3 will definitely be remastered for the next generation of consoles.

By this time next year the PlayStation 5 and Project Scarlett (or whatever Microsoft’s next gen console is actually called) will have been announced and they’ll probably only be two months or so away from release.

This will bring with it many new game reveals, including the already announced Halo Infinite and obviously-coming-but-they-just-haven’t-said-yet Fable IV and Horizon Zero Dawn 2. And what it will also bring is filler, lots and lots of filler. In previous gens these have been remasters of existing games that are given a slight scrub up and thrown out to cover for the fact that there are not many brand-new games.

That’s fine, everyone does it and it can often be a good way to catch up on a missed game or see a favourite with even better graphics. Be the next generation is going to be different, because games as a service is now a thing.

As many have begun to suspect there’s no way Rockstar is suddenly going to want to give up all the cash they make from GTA Online when everyone migrates to the new formats. They’re going to want it on the PlayStation 5 as well, whether the graphics are new or not.

But there are lots of games like that now, lots of games that have been out for years and show no signs of slowing down – and publishers won’t want them to slow down just because new consoles came out.
So here’s my guaranteed* list of games I definitely think we’ll be seeing again.

1. Grand Theft Auto V
I’ve kind of given the game away on this one, but yeah. I don’t see any situation where Rockstar don’t port the game to the next consoles ASAP. They’ve already done it once and I imagine they’d want to do it just for the kudos of having the best-selling game on three separate generations of console. Red Dead Redemption II is a given as well but will probably be after GTA as I don’t think the online is as popular.

2. The Division 2
I’m still not sure whether this was a hit or not, but Ubisoft is definitely saying that it is, even though I’ve never heard anyone in real life talk about it and it seemed to be out of the charts within a week. But I reckon it’ll make the jump. It’s either that or make The Division 3 and if this hasn’t been as big as they hoped then a remaster is actually less of a risk.

3. Destiny 2
I don’t think Bungie are going to have Destiny 3 ready for a good few years yet so since they seem to be treating the game’s re-launch as such a big thing I don’t think they’ll want the momentum to slide after just a year. They’ve already signed up for Stadia anyway, which is sort-of kind-of next gen.

4. The Last Of Us Parts I and II
They won’t admit it in public but we all know what Sony are up to with The Last Of Us Part II and Ghost Of Tsushima. There’s no way they’re going to release two massive budget PlayStation 4 exclusives just months before their new consoles come out and not port them over. It happened with The Last Of Us Part I and I bet you history will repeat. In fact, I bet there’ll be a Part I and II double pack of some sort.

5. Dreams
To be honest I think any Sony game released in the last few years is in the running for a next gen remaster (including Death Stranding) but Dreams is a definite in my view. It’s not out properly yet, and most people haven’t heard of it, but as a new game creator from the makers of LittleBigPlanet it’s obviously been designed to run for a long time, and not just the year the PlayStation 4 has left in the limelight.

6. Borderlands 3
I’m sure you see a pattern forming here but the logic’s pretty obvious. We waited seven years for a new Borderlands, no way are they going to let the legs be cut from under it after just one.

7. Marvel’s Avengers
This doesn’t even come out till next year and yet its whole point is that it’s a long-running, games as a service title. There’s zero chance it’s not also going to be on the next gen.

8. Cyberpunk 2077
CD Projekt have come so close to announcing this as next gen already that this doesn’t even count as a guess. Do you see why I put guaranteed in the title?

9. Monster Hunter: World
Capcom like their remasters at the best of times, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Resident Evil 2 and Devil May Cry 5 getting a face lift, which I am all for. But the most obvious is Monster Hunter, which has been a huge hit for them and as a games as a service title has plenty of gas left in the tank.

10. Final Fantasy VII Remake
Let me walk you through the logic here. Final Fantasy VII is being broken up into multiple different games and each one is being sold separately and will probably take a year or two to make at a minimum. So what’s going to happen when the first chapter comes out just a few months before the PlayStation 5 is released? It gets ported to it of course and all the others that follow!

By reader Coolaid

*not an actual guarantee but c’mon, would you bet against it?

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