While Capcom finally showed off footage of their upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake, fans of the series have known this was coming out for a while. Sure, it definitely doesn’t take away any thunder from the announcement as it looked amazing during the reveal. It was nice to finally see the game in action, especially since it’s been ages since I’ve played the title. To say I’m I’m looking forward to playing it again is an understatement.
However, the recent E3 2018 announcement did leave a few questions unanswered. Such as is this a PlayStation 4 exclusive? What’s with the new camera and more? So let us set you down for a spell and answer your questions like a good Senpai should.
No, this not a PS4 exclusive title
While the Resident Evil 2 Remake was shown during Sony’s E3 2018 presentation, it is not a PS4 exclusive. So you can breathe easy now. It will be available for not only the PlayStation 4 but also the Xbox One and PC, on Jan. 25, 2019. As for the switch, don’t count this out yet as Capcom did create Resident Evil 7 Cloud for the system. And while it was only available in Japan, something tells me that Capcom will likely use this method for more games in the future.
And yes, both the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will support enhancements for each respective platform. No word yet if we’ll see 4K support will make it into the title.
Update: The PS4 Pro and Xbox One X will both have two modes to choose from according to Capcom. A visual mode that supports 4K with a lower frame rate (30FPS?) and a performance mode that will prioritize 60FPS at possibly 1080p.
What is Resident Evil 2 Remake?
As the title suggests, Resident Evil 2 Remake is, well, a remake of the original Resident Evil 2 title. But this isn’t a simple port. Gone are the fixed camera angles from Resident Evil 2. Instead, a new over-the-shoulder view has been implemented. Similar to what we saw in Resident Evil 4/5/6, this will provide games with a better view of the action. And if we’re being honest, I was never really a fan of the fixed camera angles, so I was really happy when the over-the-shoulder view was rumored back during 2016. The original tank controls will return, but a new modernized control scheme will also be available.
The gameplay isn’t the only thing getting a touch-up. The remake will introduce update visuals, enhanced music, and will run on Capcom’s RE Engine. The very same engine that powered Resident Evil 7.
Resident Evil 2 introduced characters who would go on to become some of the most iconic and beloved heroes in Capcom’s history: rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. They must work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack. Both Leon and Claire have their own separately playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspective.
Twenty years later, the new Resident Evil 2 sees the nightmare return, now with unprecedented levels of immersion as seen in last year’s acclaimed Resident Evil. With Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine powering a new photorealistic style, the characters themselves appear sharper than ever and the grotesque hordes of zombies are brought to life with a horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect. Zombies now react in real time as they take instant visible damage, making every bullet from the player count. Stunning lighting brings the familiar rooms and corridors of Raccoon City Police Department to new life. Players will feel they’re in the shoes of heroes Leon and Claire, terrified to step out of the light for fear of what flesh-eating nightmares might await them in the darkness.
Has anything changed, gameplay-wise?
While it’s too early to say, Capcom has stated that fans and veterans of Resident Evil 2 will notice a few changes. For starters, zombie placements that you remember have been changed up. Item locations will also change, so your original strategies won’t work this time around. I also noticed from the footage I’ve seen that the zombie’s ragdoll physics are a lot better. Now, limbs will fall out, or the skin surround their heads can be blown completely off. The level of details is amazing and a bit disturbing.
I’m also hoping we get some super-hard or new game plus modes to extend the game longevity as well.
Check out 17-minutes of gameplay from Gamespot’s hands-on with the title at E3 2018.
Are we looking forward to Resident Evil 2 Remake?
Hell yeah, we are. I can’t even begin to tell you how much of an impact that Resident Evil 2 had on me. It scared the crap out of me, it kept me up at night and I loved it. Easily one of my favorites of the series, hands down. And ever since I heard that Capcom was working on the remake, I couldn’t wait. I’m sure if Capcomw as here right now they could tell you how many emails I’ve sent to them regarding the game. Trust me, it as a lot of emails.
For now all we (and you) can do is wait. Resident Evil 2 Remake doesn’t release until Jan. 2019, bearing any delays. That’s still a good 7-months away.