Three years after its announcement, Capcom has finally taken the wraps off of the Resident Evil 2 remake. And it’s certainly a remake alright, there’s no hint of a remaster in this total overhaul. Resident Evil 2 Remake uses the same RE Engine used for Resident Evil 7, rebuilding the game from the ground up with some ultra-detailed visuals, remade audio, and a new over-the-shoulder camera. That should beat the old fixed camera and tank controls, any day.
From the looks of things though, despite the massive upgrade, the core of Resident Evil 2 remains its old, tense self. It’ll be a mix of action, survival, exploration and puzzle solving, once again putting players into the shoes of police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield. They each have separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story of Resident Evil 2 from two different perspectives.
“The press and fan reaction to Resident Evil 2 when we said ‘We Do It’ in 2015 has been overwhelming. We’ve been very eager to unveil the new game to the world this week,” said Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi. “We want fans to see the reimagining of Resident Evil 2 not only captures the magic of the beloved original, but also expands it to deliver a richer experience. The first look at E3 is just a taste of what’s to come.”
The visuals are the big winner here, and Resident Evil 2 looks leaps and bounds ahead of the original it’s based on. It’s much darker, much more immersive, and packed with Capcom’s touted “wet gore effect”. Shudder.
We’ve got a release date too. Resident Evil 2 is going to be out January 25th, 2019, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.