The remake of Capcom’s survival horror masterpiece remains one of the best games in the series, possessing a level of visual quality that still terrifies. Resident Evil is a classic, and now, a re-imagining of its equally beloved sequel is in the works. Say hello to Resident Evil 2 Remake, and it’s coming in 2019.
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.
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Resident Evil 2 Remake release date
The remake was announced at E3 2018 for PS4, Xbox One and PC and will be launching on January 25, 2019. That’s pretty soon, and we can’t wait.
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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 personalities 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?
Resident Evil 2 Remake will adopt an over-the-shoulder perspective similar to Resident Evil 4, 5 and 6. No more of the first-person perspective from 7. Leon and Claire are confirmed as playable characters with each of them possessing their own campaign.
Resident Evil 2 Remake wishlist – What we’d love to see
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.
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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