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The cult video game XIII is the subject of a remake by Microids: the release date revealed

XIII had such a terrible remake the first time around that it gets another one a few years later.

XII, a first-person shooter from 2003, was remade in 2020 and it was one of the most poorly received games of the year.

Fans, critics, and commentators hated the bug-filled remake that made unpopular changes to the original’s iconic art style. Now the publisher has handed over all the remake code to a new developer to recreate it in a better way.

As reported by VGC, publisher Microids announced on its website that development has moved from Maltese studio PlayMagic to French tower Five.

After its release, PlayMagic was embroiled in controversy after various staff members pointed to a toxic work culture in a report on Fanbyte.

Tower Five, which previously worked on the small action-strategy title Lornsword Winter Chronicle, has been focusing on a “whole game overhaul” for the past year. They specifically call out art direction, AI, and technical improvements as having received special attention.

All of these improvements will be rolled into an update for the PC and console versions, as well as the initial release of the Switch version, all due this year on September 13th.

“We are fully aware and terribly sorry that the initial launch of XIII Remake on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC did not meet the quality standards expected by gamers,” said Microids CEO Stephane Longeard.

“We can’t wait for players to get their hands on this enhanced version of the game and (re)discover the classic adventures of Agent XIII.”

— written by GLHF