Resident Evil 2 is officially receiving a next-generation remake, Capcom has announced.
VideoGamer.com reported Capcom’s announcement this afternoon, confirming that the survival horror classic will be a complete remake of the original game and will be built for modern platforms. Details are scarce, since the announcement is still breaking worldwide.
Comicbook.com have also confirmed the remake will be produced by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the same person behind Capcom’s previous remake, Resident Evil HD. This game sold over 1 million units, as reported by the Inquisitr.
A Capcom representative had a statement for VideoGamer.com.
“We’re pleased to confirm that Resident Evil 2 has been approved for development. As the title is only just starting its development cycle we unfortunately don’t have any additional information or assets to share at this time. However, for now we want our fans to know that we appreciate all the feedback and support we’ve received on this title. We’re looking forward to delivering this highly anticipated Resident Evil experience that fans have been waiting for.”
Fans have been clamouring for a Resident Evil 2 remake for some time. It seems Capcom have listened to the fans, but it could be a wise financial decision. As a franchise, Resident Evil has already shipped over 61 million units worldwide.
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi was overwhelmed by the support for the game, a cult classic on its original release in 1998, and added to the statement.
“It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have pushed the project to get approved. The team here at Capcom Japan really appreciates fans’ passion and support and will do our best to bring fans what they really want.”
Resident Evil 2 was the hugely anticipated sequel to Resident Evil, which made its debut on the PS1 back in 1996. The first game saw an elite squad of soldiers, or S.T.A.R.S, as they try to rescue a fellow team from an abandoned mansion in the middle of a forest outside Raccoon City. It soon turns out the mansion is being used for biological experimentation, and the team falls afoul of a zombie outbreak. The game was a critical success, and ushered in the gaming genre now known as “survival horror,” a genre that is still alive and kicking nearly twenty years later.
The second game documents the adventures of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who attempt to escape Raccoon City after a zombie outbreak brings America to a standstill. It launched in 1998 on the PS1, and was later ported to PC, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, and GameCube, but never saw a remake, unlike the first game.
As well as selling 61 million units worldwide, Resident Evil has spawned comic books, novels, action figures, card games, and a successful film franchise. The Resident Evil 2 remake hasn’t been confirmed for any consoles yet, but the news will excite horror gamers and fans alike. A release date is yet to be confirmed.
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