Find out what you can do with Shadow of the Colossus’ versatile Photo Mode

Game’s art director details mode’s flexibility ahead of its 7th February release

Shadow of the Colossus has long been admired for its breathtaking landscapes and amazing vistas, not to mention the colossi themselves.

As we rebuilt the visuals for the game from the ground up (literally), one of the things we decided we had to include was a Photo Mode. We found ourselves spending more and more time with Photo Mode as the system took shape, grabbing photos we thought captured moments that were unique and awe-inspiring. Take a look below at some of the photos the Bluepoint team captured during development.

Shadow of the Colossus: Photo Mode
Shadow of the Colossus: Photo Mode

The thing that makes Photo Mode stand out is its power and flexibility. It’s an entire photo adjustment suite built into the game for you! Everything that I had access to as the Art Director, you have access to as the player.

You can start with a filter and adjust all the way down to colour balancing the shadows, midtones and highlights. Then on top of that, control the depth of field ranges and amounts, in addition to the vignette. That’s an amazing amount of control.

Adjusting the camera to get that perfect shot is super easy. Being able to switch the camera from the player to the horse offers up a ton of possibilities. Letting the team loose with it was incredible. The amount of different looks you can achieve is limitless.

To top it off, being able to rotate the camera 90 degrees either way to generate portrait images means that lots of photos will be used as cell phone wallpapers! That’s not all: you’re able to leave some of the filters running as you play, giving you exciting degrees of control over how the game looks in motion.

Shadow of the Colossus: Photo Mode Shadow of the Colossus: Photo ModeShadow of the Colossus: Photo Mode


I look forward to getting this in the hands of the community and seeing the awe-inspiring things you come up with! Just a little bit longer until the release of Shadow of the Colossus on 7th February!

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Those filters are absolutely ugly. Talk about destroying a unique artistic direction.

Is there a special edition for Europe? Can’t find it in any store.

mschulze01010111 16 January, 2018 @ 22:38



Yes, actually. In the Netherlands Game Mania has a special Game Mania edition, which is the special edition with an additional statuette.


Where is this? I still haven’t preordered because I’m assuming we are getting it.

Carnivius_Prime 16 January, 2018 @ 17:52

Colours! Can you play the whole game with a colour filter? That would make it much more tempting to me cos part of the reason I found the game so dull was the drabness.

I do love a good photo mode, as you can see on TheFourthFocus, and I’ve never actually played the original so that’s two reasons to be interested.

So, nowadays every game needs to have a photo mode – ok, but will there also be a livery editor for the horse like in GT Sport?


Nah, mostly eye meltingly gorgeous PS4 exclusives do though. If you are going to make such a stunning looking game, a Photo mode is just a bonus.

SasukeUchihaDono 17 January, 2018 @ 08:54

will the special edition come out in EU?

Looking forward to this so much. Photomode is a great little extra addition. Excited.

I had to order the Special Edition from PlayAsia though, which was a little annoying. I’m guessing I won’t be able to redeem any of the extra digital content? Ordered the Standard version also, because I need this DAY ONE.

Why isn’t there a Special Edition for Europe?! For god’s sake, it’s 2018. Worldwide releases of the same editions should be the norm by now…

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