After Resident Evil 7 brought the franchise back to its survival horror roots last year, Capcom’s next Resident Evil game will be a remake of the cult-classic Resident Evil 2, which was released twenty years ago on the original PlayStation console. A pretty exciting announcement trailer aired during Sony’s E3 press conference yesterday, showing that this new version of Resident Evil 2 won’t be an HD remaster like what Capcom recently did for the original Resident Evil game.
“A complete remake of the original from 1998, Resident Evil 2 revisits the nightmare of Raccoon City with modern gameplay mechanics, new and unprecedented visuals, and a photorealistic style powered by the RE Engine that was behind the stunning graphics of Resident Evil 7 biohazard,” the official blog post reads. “Keeping in line with the survival horror that defines Resident Evil 2, grotesque hordes of the undead are brought to life with a visceral sense of wetness and gore, reacting to attacks in real time with visible damage from every bullet and shotgun shell.
Unlike the original Resident Evil 2 game, which used pre-rendered backgrounds and fixed camera angles, Resident Evil 2 remake will feature an over-the-shoulder camera similar to the one in Resident Evil 4, 5, and 6. Capcom has also kept the game’s two separate campaigns featuring beloved characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who will both have to survive in the zombie-infested town of Racoon City that has been rebuilt from the ground up. “True to the series’ roots, you’ll need to make every one of those shots count if you want to survive,” emphasized Capcom.
Resident Evil 2 remake will be released on January 25, 2019 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Windows, and you can already pre-order the $59.99 standard version on Amazon.