This is an interesting bit of information that has surfaced recently. According to the US Patents & Trademarks Office Sony has registered a way in which games in the Cloud could possibly be altered to add new things to the game. The system has, at least unofficially, been dubbed PlayStation Remix by other outlets.
According to the patent, which was originally filed in March 2013 before being published a couple of days ago, there are two main ways in which this system could operate. The first is not a totally new tech but would allow users to take snapshots of ’emulated games.’
The second and far more interesting phrase in the patent is as follows:
“Finding new ways to play preexisting video games can increase the longevity of older games. Instead of replaying the same level or completing the same missions repeatedly, gamers often desire new challenges when replaying legacy games. In response to this need, game designers have begun to produce mini-games.
Within a mini-game, the gamer can be instructed to complete new objectives or challenge their friends for high scores in a format that was not originally designed into the legacy game.
Further, since the mini-game is derived from a legacy game, the gamer already knows the characters and basic components of the game, and is therefore more likely to play the mini-game.”
I assume legacy games refers to older PlayStation titles due to the reference of them being familiar to players already. This could all be linked to Gaikai streaming with developers being invited to change things in their old games, add trophies, leaderboards or new DLC. If this is the case then confirmation of such a service probably won’t be given until there is a more concrete launch date for Gaikai.
It would be interesting to see which developers would go back to past projects and introduce new elements, as that would take resources away from producing newer titles.