Back in August, Capcom announced that it was working on a new version of its classic survival horror game Resident Evil 2. Following the success of the recent HD version of the first Resident Evil game, plus a translation from Capcom’s second-quarter 2015 financial report, it was assumed that the re-release of the second game in the series would be a remaster, much like the hugely successful release of the first game. However, it now seems that report was mistranslated and that the game will be a from-the-ground-up remake.
The matter has been cleared up by Stuart Turner, Marketing Director for Capcom UK, via Twitter:
Seems to be a few people picking up a mistranslation in our own investor report. RE2 will be a full from the ground up remake NOT a remaster
The English translation of Capcom’s Q2 2015 financial report has also been amended [PDF, Page 13], changing the word ”remaster” to “full remake version”.
When Capcom first canvassed fans via its Facebook group, it asked for opinions on the Unreal Engine 4 remake of Resident Evil 2 and whether Capcom itself should take on the endeavour. Later that day, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi – a Capcom producer who worked as a programmer on the original game – posted to the Facebook page, in relation to Resident Evil 2, writing that he aimed to create “a worth-seeing game to answer these fans full of passion.”
No release date for the Resident Evil 2 remake, nor which platforms it will be available on, have been announced.
Capcom has officially announced a HD version of Resident Evil 2 is in development. According to VideoGamer, the iconic survival horror game will be a complete visual overhaul and offer improved controls. The remake will be directed by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, commonly known as “H”, who spearheaded Resident Evil HD. In a passionate video message, H said:
“As the title is only just starting its development cycle we unfortunately don’t have any additional information or assets to share at this time. However, for now we want our fans to know that we appreciate all the feedback and support we’ve received on this title.”
“We’re looking forward to delivering this highly anticipated Resident Evil experience that fans have been waiting for.”
“It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have pushed the project to get approved,”
“The team here at Capcom Japan really appreciates fans’ passion and support and will do our best to bring fans what they really want.”
Resident Evil 2 is sometime off so it’s unknown which platforms it will arrive on. Presumably, it will release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One but could also feature on the Nintendo NX. As a huge survival horror fan, Resident Evil 2 felt like a mesmerizing experience and signifies an era when the Resident Evil games were actually terrifying. Personally, I preferred it to the original and cannot wait to revisit it in a high-resolution.
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Resident Evil 2 is one of the most atmospheric survival horror games ever conceived and it is rightfully idolized by fans of the genre. Unfortunately, the game is starting to show its age due to the clunky texture work and lack of visual sharpness. However, an indie studio called InvaderGamers decided to remodel the entire game in Unreal Engine 4. This project will be released for free and features improved lighting effects, more vibrant particles and smoother animations. The time required and programming skills needed to make an authentic remaster is staggering. I am surprised how good the remake looks despite being in such an early phase of development. The video below really accentuates how wonderful this creation could be.
One major caveat is this fan service project has probably been under the radar and not bound by copyright law. I’m concerned Capcom will act in a hasty manner and demand the cancellation of this venture given the recent press coverage. Another point to take into consideration is Capcom have already remastered the original Resident Evil so the sequel might already be in production. Nevertheless, Resident Evil 2 Reborn emphasizes how passionate the gaming community is and I hope this labor of love comes to fruition.
What was your favourite memory from Resident Evil 2?
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