The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe releases today, and while it mostly presents itself as a remaster and console port with some new content, returning players will be surprised to find a lot more than the last bullet point suggests.
First, a big big SPOILER WARNING!
This article is about diving into the details of what exactly that means. You can read my review for a less spoilery look at what Ultra Deluxe offers, but turn back now if you don’t want to know just how extensive the new content is and how it’s presented to you.
Still here? OK, let’s get into that.
Ultra Deluxe will open by asking if you’ve already played the original, which is still fully available in this game. However, there’s also pretty much enough new content to match the size of the base game, including a lengthy section where the narrator describes the theoretical features of The Stanley Parable 2 – a bit that eventually leads to them becoming different decide to fold this sequel into the original, making Ultra Deluxe’s title screen and menus appear to say “The Stanley Parable 2” for the rest of the time you play.
That is, that is somehow a hidden sequel, although most of the new content still appears to be remixes or changes to the original paths and endings of The Stanley Parable. There are also many entirely new stages, but Ultra Deluxe wasn’t necessarily developed as a standalone game, as its transformation into The Stanley Parable 2 might imply.
Going any deeper would kind of ruin the joke itself. Much of the new content mocks sequels, DLC, and game updates, and directly pokes fun at itself and trying to continue a critical success like The Stanley Parable. There’s no point trying to define exactly what Ultra Deluxe is, but it’s certainly far more expansive than this title might suggest to many.
Tom Marks is the Associate Editor for Reviews at IGN.
https://www.ign.com/articles/stanley-parable-ultra-deluxe-more-than-just-remaster The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe is much more than just a remaster