There aren’t a great deal of success stories when it comes to the practice of adapting video games into movies, but the Resident Evil franchise can stand proud as the longest-running movie series based on video game source material. While the Resident Evil films might not all have received the best reviews, they’re still going strong with Resident Evil 6 set to begin filming this summer. The other movies have so far grossed over $915 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, video game publisher Capcom recently released the tenth installment of the video game series, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, and today announced that a remastered version of Resident Evil Zero is currently in development. The numbering/subtitling system of the Resident Evil series can be difficult to follow, but Resident Evil Zero is exactly what it sounds like: a prequel to the first game that puts the player in control of two main characters, police officer Rebecca Chambers and ex-convict Billy Coen.
As Rebecca and Billy uncover mysteries connected to the zombie virus in the Arklay Mountains, the player takes turns to control each of them (a feature calling ‘partner zapping’) in order to fight off zombies and solve puzzles. The game was originally released for the GameCube in 2002, and has sold 1.25 million copies worldwide.
Koji Oda, the director of Resident Evil Zero, is returning to helm the remaster alongside other members of the original development team. The announcement was via this endearingly awkward video message from Capcom, in which Oda states his involvement while holding one of the series’ iconic green herbs. He doesn’t offer much information beyond the fact that that the remake is happening, but if all goes to plan Resident Evil fans could be playing Resident Evil Zero on current systems in less than a year.
The remastered version of Resident Evil Zero will launch on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2016.