Upcoming Resident Evil 2 Will Be A Full Remake Rather Than An HD Remaster

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, Dec 3, 2015 3:00 PM
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When Capcom announced it was remaking Resident Evil 2 earlier this year, it was difficult to ascertain whether it was going to be upressed remaster like Resident Evil HD and the upcoming Resident Evil Zero HD, or in fact a total remake from the ground up.

As it turns out, rather excitingly, it’s the latter. "Seems to be a few people picking up a mistranslation in our own investor report," Capcom’s Stuart Turner tweeted this morning. "RE2 will be a full from the ground up remake NOT a remaster." Clearly sales of Resi Evil HD must have been impressive to justify the costs of this, because it’s going to be a far bigger undertaking than either of the HD remasters.

The reason it’s going to be trickier is because RE HD was remade for GameCube already, while RE0 was a new game using the same engine. Capcom didn’t have to work with the PSone originals, making it a much simpler process. Resident Evil 2 Remake will have to be remade entirely from the ground up, with new textures, models, geometry; everything.

At the moment we know next to nothing, about than that it will be produced by Yoshiaki Hirabyashi, who worked on the original Resident Evil 2 as a programmer. "You've been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven't been able to make it happen...until now!" Hirabayashi said during Capcom’s announcement earlier this year. "We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you've been waiting for."

If Capcom can keep up with the yearly release schedule then we may see it in January 2017, hopefully. In the meantime, Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster is hitting PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 on January 19th, 2016.

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19:34 Dec-06-2015

Yes, YES! A thousand times yes!

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18:36 Dec-04-2015

OH YES!! Man I'm looking forward to this, Resi 2 & 4 are my favourites!

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11:44 Dec-04-2015

My wife's a huge RE and LK fan. She's gonna freak :)

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23:54 Dec-03-2015

I'm just excited to be playing some of the older Resident Evil stories I remember from being a kid... remastered or remade... I don't care, bring on the zombies :D

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23:42 Dec-03-2015

How much I loved this game. I guess I made at least 10 speedruns (A+B) with a time between 01:40-01:50 and knew every room and every little dialogue by heart^^

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22:54 Dec-03-2015

Oh, Lordy! This is just the kind of news that makes the world a better place. It also begs the question of what they'll do with RE:CV. RE 3 will most likely be a remake, providing sales are strong for RE 2, but Code Veronica was already remade back in 2011 for the PSN and Xbox online markets. Preferably it would be a remake since a remaster would just slap modern skins on outdated animations.

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20:19 Dec-03-2015

Oh, welcome back Claire & Ada &#603

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19:25 Dec-03-2015

i love this game!! can't wait to play the remake!! XD
i hope they do everything right

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19:20 Dec-03-2015

Honestly, I tried playing Resident Evil 5 once, but I couldn't get past the first mission, even on the lowest difficulty. Once I got to a certain point I was stuck in a room filled with a ton of zombies and they just kept instantly killing me over and over. Are the older games any good?

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05:33 Dec-04-2015

I was stuck at last mission on Volcano.

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19:13 Dec-03-2015

Hype intensifies, I hope they don't mess it up, a new RE2 game would be so awesome!

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23:55 Dec-03-2015

RE2 was my favourite out of that era of Resident Evil games, I first played it on the N64 :D

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16:22 Dec-03-2015

capcom seems lazy as f..... these days,street fighter v looks little bit better and not much has changed,they ruined long avaited RE6,a lot of triple A developers are making at least 2 or 3 big games and capcom seems to be only interested in remasters and reletavely small games except street fighter v(they better ad a lot of mods cause it literally looks and plays like SF IV :D

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16:31 Dec-03-2015

lol already 2 downvotes,this is the truth sadly,if its not then please explain yourself,i want to hear opinions here not see only downvotes :D

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17:05 Dec-03-2015

I didn't downvote you, but I think its because people really, really, really want a RE2 remake.


And for SF:V, the graphics aren't supposed to look realistic in any way. But then again, I can't stand Street Fighter (I F*ing hate SF). Personally, I think the games are wayyyyyyy too overrated.

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17:12 Dec-03-2015

remake maybe ok but capcom been releasing only REMASTERS and not remakes and they ruined RE franchise with re6 and re raccoon city.Sf graphics arent meant to be realistic but they are not improved enough over a SF IV which is a 6 years old game and gameplay looks damn similiar.

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17:25 Dec-03-2015

Its time to takeover CAPCOM. :|

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20:54 Dec-03-2015

Street Fighter V is not better looking because a Beat'em Up must be 60FPS and consoles only allow that quality.
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Saying SF V is not different only show you don't play it seriously, much less at a competitive level.

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22:14 Dec-03-2015

Dude, consoles can handle SF:V with ease. Even a PS3 could run that around 30FPS.

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02:49 Dec-04-2015

30FPS are not enough for professional level.

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07:00 Dec-04-2015

It still COULD run on 30fps. SF:V's graphics aren't anything special, and don't blame consoles for that.

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23:37 Dec-03-2015

dude i have i street fighter iv and super street fighter on ps3,i played sf iv for about 500 hours so i was a fan,havent played it a long time,consoles can handle much more than that so you are totaly wrong my friend :D

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02:48 Dec-04-2015

SF V have highest textures and models.

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05:31 Dec-04-2015

TEKKEN has better graphics and logical fighting mechanics.
TEKKEN FAN HERE. ;-)

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06:37 Dec-04-2015

Soul Calibur is better than both (Lets not count SC5, SC5 in fact never existed)

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08:13 Dec-04-2015

Never heard of it. Is it available for PC ?

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08:17 Dec-04-2015

Soul Caliber (Soul Blade depending on region) started on the PSX and continued on the PS2, not sure if any were released on the PS3 ... never own one :)

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16:39 Dec-04-2015

Soul Caliber V was on PS3.

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09:05 Dec-05-2015

Soul Calibur - Dreamcast, PSN, Xbox Live
Soul Calibur II - PS2, Xbox, GC, PSN, Xbox Live
Soul Calibur III - PS2
Soul Calibur IV - PS3, X360
Soul Calibur V - PS3, X360


SC4 was the last good game, after that it went downhill.

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16:14 Dec-03-2015

I wish EA would have had Battlefront 2 remade instead of developing the new Battlefront. Battlefront 2 remade with the new Battlefront's graphics engine would be an amazing game.

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16:27 Dec-03-2015

you should ve said that in star wars battlefront articles cause you would ve had a lot of likes on your comment and agreements,if they do that now nobody would give a damn about new battlefront,star wars battlefront with season pass content in release would ve been a descent game :D

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16:38 Dec-03-2015

I think thats what everyone was hoping Battlefront would be, not an extremely stripped down game but with prettier visuals.

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17:06 Dec-03-2015

well there will be a nest battlefront game from EA and DICE,hope they will not make any greedy buisness move like they did with this one,but that will probably never happen :D

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16:12 Dec-03-2015

This is great news. The Resident Evil remake on Gamecube was awesome. I hope they do it in that style and not in the Resident Evil 4/5/6 3rd person style.

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15:30 Dec-03-2015

Capcom's and Blizzard's logic + investment go always to...drum rolls......REMASTERS, REMAKES etc etc BS

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17:22 Dec-03-2015

In Blizzard's case its better when they keep things the same. Remember when they tried to change Diablo, and when they decided to keep Starcraft the same.

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20:55 Dec-03-2015

Making a remake from a really good game RE2 if better than make a brand new horrible game RE 6.

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15:21 Dec-03-2015

This is good news for me. (Original really kicked my ass)

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15:08 Dec-03-2015

Why not put those resources into making a new and original game?

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15:51 Dec-03-2015

Why you hating on remakes?

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16:12 Dec-03-2015

I'm not hating on remakes, it just seems like devs, like Hollywood are running out of ideas.


So they are turning to remakes of past glories to get the fanbase interested again, since there is so much drivel these days, with a growing number of games coming out broken and even unplayable in some cases.

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16:36 Dec-03-2015

You forget to consider new comers, not everyone gamed during the 90s and some people have developed to much of a higher standard to go back to outdated games like RE2, if I tried playing it right now I'd hate it, a remake is a brilliant idea, more updated visuals and controls will attract people.

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17:00 Dec-03-2015

They are remaking it because of the fans mostly. RE2 is legendary

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16:00 Dec-03-2015

Because that's how the film industry now rolls and that's how the game industry now rolls...

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16:37 Dec-03-2015

You really shouldn't compare games to movies, both medias are far too different apart to make any compelling arguments.

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17:01 Dec-03-2015

I should, actually, because the argument stays the same:
1) Riding on past glory of a popular franchise
2) Similar as above, developers (and movie producers) are playing it financially safe. Fanbase is there - why risk making something that may not take off?
3) For remakes - it saves development time on generating new ideas and scripts from the ground up.


They taught us that at uni when I attended a film course. If you don't think that's compelling - state yours.

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18:35 Dec-03-2015

Actually now games are like moves when you think about the paid actors to voice the dialog the scripts the amount of time you have to wait the cost of not only the game but the actors in the game and lets not forget the 25+ trailers before the game comes out just like with most movies today.

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20:10 Dec-03-2015

Indeed, my friend! We have hundreds of millions thrown at movies and, especially in the recent years, we now have the same capital thrown at games too. All the acting, motion capture (nobody animates characters manually these days), voice overs & ADR, the storylines, etc. The only difference is that movies we sit down to watch and games we experience interactively.

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20:57 Dec-03-2015

Their last tries was bad, that is why, duh.

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