There seems to be no stopping the potential of Capcom's Resident Evil video game series as the company makes it clear developers aren't joking about a possible Resident Evil (remake) remake. Keen to continue the Resident Evil name, a reimagining of the original game could be in the cards after 2019's Resident Evil 2.
With the first zombie shooter making its way onto the PlayStation back in 1996, Resident Evil was famously remade for Nintendo's GameCube in 2002 and debuted to critical acclaim across the board. Capcom has already teased that the upcoming reimagining of Resident Evil 2 could be the start of a whole franchise of remodeled classics, but how soon is too soon to remake a remake?
Things got a little meta as director Kazunori Kadoi sat down with Game Informer and told the site where Capcom could take the Resident Evil games next: “Certainly enough time has passed that it wouldn’t be laughable to remake the remake. I personally think that would be an interesting thing to do.” He went on to reiterate that he won't churn out Resident Evil games just for the sake of cashing in on the legacy of the brand:
“We’ve got a lot of fans who ask for their favorite games, but we’re not going to commit to anything right now. We’d like to keep our possibilities open for the future and see what makes the most sense when we come to it. We don’t want to feed just nostalgia. We want to bring [out] how people felt about the original games and if we can, reimagine it in a way so that it bridges the generation gap between people who played it 20 years ago and newcomers.”
Importantly, Capcom has asked fans not to call 2019's Resident Evil 2 a remake. With new mechanics, an altered storyline, and reimagined characters like Claire Redfield and Sherry Birkin, the 20 years since gamers first stepped out of the Spencer Mansion and into the Racoon City Police Department have given developers enough time to think of a reason to revisit the sequel. The 2002 REmake is largely held as one of the best games in the Resident Evil series with its updated graphics and gameplay, so just imagine this with another set of fresh eyes.
That being said, with the game most recently being ported to Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2015, it might be a little early to think of remaking a remake. Capcom is already working hard to prove why players should return to Resident Evil 2, let alone starting at the very beginning (again) and reinventing its whole back catalog.
While entries like Resident Evil 4 would top most fan's remake list, it might be more of a struggle to find many who'd part with their cash for a re-release of the remastered Resident Evil Zero. Ultimately, Capcom should probably wait until Resident Evil 2 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC in January 2019 before they starting work on remaking remakes.
Source: Game Informer