A new rumor suggests Capcom’s much-anticipated Resident Evil 2 remake may be coming in 2018. The original Resident Evil was a groundbreaking title for the PlayStation and is credited with making the survival horror genre popular. The sales of the game quickly convinced Capcom to greenlight a sequel, and after a concept involving a rescue team traveling to the ruins of Spencer Mansion and being attacked by plant creatures was discarded, it was decided to set the game in Raccoon City.
Fans of Resident Evil 2 are no doubt aware of the title’s troubled development, with the team working on a version that was around 60-70% complete before being scrapped because the producer felt it wasn’t working; this version has since been dubbed Resident Evil 1.5. It turned out to be the right call, with the sequel being released to huge sales and critical acclaim. It remains one of the most beloved titles in the franchise, and after years of fan pleading, Capcom announced they were remaking the game from the ground up in 2015.
Resident Evil 2 celebrates its 20th anniversary on January 21st, and while fans were hoping there would be some kind of announcement regarding the Resident Evil 2 remake, Capcom has yet to reveal anything. However, a new rumor posted on 4chan (via GearNuke) suggests it will be released in late 2018, and some of the changes may upset purists of the original. For now, it’s important to take these rumors will a healthy dose of salt until Capcom reveals it.
Apparently the Resident Evil 2 remake will be played via an over-the-shoulder perspective instead of the fixed camera angles of the original; Capcom is said to have experimented with both fixed angles and a first-person view, but these features were dropped. The focus will be on horror instead of action, while Raccoon City and its police station – where the majority of the game is set – have been vastly redesigned. The game will only have two campaigns instead of the original four, while the unlockable Hunk mission has been removed, but may find its way to DLC. The crocodile boss has been removed, while the Ada and Sherry missions have been expanded.
Fans have been waiting a long time for the Resident Evil 2 remake, and while they may not be happy about all of the above changes – should they prove accurate – at least the game’s focus is still on horror. The series has already provided one fantastic remake with 2002’s Resident Evil on the GameCube. That title gave the game a complete graphical overhaul, added new enemies and weapons and generally tightened the experience. If the Resident Evil 2 remake reaches near that level of quality than the fanbase will be very happy.
The Resident Evil 2 remake doesn't currently have a release date, but we'll update you with more information as it arrives.
Source: 4Chan (Via GearNuke)