The espionage thriller XIII was a bit of a niche hit when it arrived on the PlayStation 2 and original Xbox in 2003. Its comic book style and stealth action set it apart enough that developer PlayMagic felt it deserved a remake, but now it's going to need a little more time to make the magic happen twice.
Publisher Microids has said that while it's thrilled with PlayMagic's work so far, "additional development time is needed to reach the level of polish we're aiming for." The release date for the XIII remake, originally set for November 2019, has been pushed back to sometime in 2020.
XIII tells the story of amnesiac soldier Thirteen, who wakes up on Brighton Beach with only a key and a tattoo that reads "XIII." Accused of killing the President of the United States, you have to find out what happened and how to fix it. It's almost like The Fugitive, except with way more James Bond style. Headshots get special comic panel zoom-ins, and even the trailer is replete with Bond-esque imagery.
XIII is one of several cult hits getting a second shot at life recently. THQ Nordic recently confirmed it would be remaking SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom, a platformer that's way better than it has any right to be. And Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, a cult favorite of mine, is getting an honest sequel that already seems impressively faithful to the original. It's a good time to have niche taste.
XIII's remake just needs a little extra time in the oven, and we'll see in 2020 whether it pays off. In the meantime, if you're interested in the Bloodlines sequel and find yourself in the Seattle area at the end of this month, you should head on over to PAX West and sit in on our interview with Bloodlines 2 writer Cara Ellison.