The remake of Capcom’s debut survival horror masterpiece remains one of the finest games in the series, maintaining a level of visual quality and sheer terror to this day. Resident Evil is a stone cold classic, and now a reimagining of its equally beloved successor is on the way.
We’ve compiled everything you need to know about Resident Evil 2 Remake including all the latest news, gameplay info, rumours and even our very own wishlist of potential features.
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What is Resident Evil 2 Remake?
First announced back in 2015, Resident Evil 2 Remake is intended as a modern iteration of the 1998 release. Fans have been requesting the project for years, and following the success of the original Resident Evil and Zero remasters, Capcom is finally listening.
At the helm is Hiroyuki Kobayashi, and as yet it remains unclear whether the title will maintain the fixed camera angles of its predecessor or opt for a first-person view as seen in Resident Evil 7. Maybe both?
Resident Evil 2 Remake release date
No release date has been confirmed for Resident Evil 2 Remake, but it’s currently in development at Capcom.
In a recent interview with Collider, series producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi said “a remade version of the game will be out by Capcom soon.”
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Resident Evil 2 Remake story – What’s it about?
Set two months after the first Resident Evil, Raccoon City finds itself in the midst of a zombie outbreak following the Spencer Mansion incident. You play as either Leon Scott Kennedy or Claire Redfield, two rookie police officers who have since become iconic characters in the series. Your job is to survive and eventually uncover the true intentions of Umbrella and their involvement in the critical outbreak.
Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay – How does it play?
This is a hard one to predict, as Capcom could take its initial vision in a number of directions. If it uses the same template as Resident Evil HD then it will be exactly like the 1998 original, with newly drawn artwork and voice-acting to reflect the state of gaming in 2017.
The basic combination of exploration, combat and survival will likely remain, as you’ll need to strategically dispatch enemies and horde precious items across the city. You might want to avoid getting bitten, too.
Resident Evil 2 Remake wishlist – What we’d love to see
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Expand on the original story
It’s been some time since the release of the original in 1998, and thus there are many improvements that could be made to Resident Evil 2. We’d love to see the story itself addressed, expanded further with better character development and deeper locations across Raccoon City.
Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield prove their mettle in later instalments, but seeing them as younger and more vulnerable personalities in such a perilous situation would be excellent. We don’t want Capcom to overhaul the original story completely, but make it more fitting for modern audiences.
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A more ambitious game world
The iconic framework of Raccoon City must remain untouched, but that doesn’t mean the existing formula can’t be expanded upon. We’d love to see more explorable buildings, alleys and roads left decimated by the undead menace. Desperately searching for resources in a broken city sounds fantastic, especially with zombies lurking around every corner.
Resident Evil 2 eventually expands into underground labs and ominous locales shrouded in mystery. These settings are perfect for a little touch-up, adding additional collectibles that help bring the weird and wonderful world of Resident Evil 2 to life.
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Better voice acting
Some would argue that the awful voice acting from earlier Resident Evil titles adds to the charm. It certainly did, but Resident Evil 7 proved that it could be top-notch and still remain faithful to the series’ roots.
The upcoming Remake should take more than few pointers from Resident Evil 7 in terms of evoking a terrifyingly realistic atmosphere, with believable characters who don’t ham their way through every single line.
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