Capcom does the right thing, begins work on a Resident Evil 2 remake

As much as I love Resident Evil, as the survival horror series progressed beyond its fourth instalment, it began failing to meet gamer's expectations.

Capcom is likely aware of this fact, given that Resident Evil's Xbox One remake broke various sales records. Resident Evil HD became the fast selling digital title in Capcom's history, and also became the fastest selling day one title on the Playstation Network.

The company began testing the waters for a Resident Evil 2 remake a few weeks ago. A member of Capcom's R&D team submitted a conceptual document to the Capcom higher up's, and it seems as though they got approval.

Resident Evil 2 HD's producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi announced the remake on YouTube earlier today, acknowledging that it could be some time before we receive another update.

..."You've been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven't been able to make it happen, until now! We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you've been waiting for."...

Hopefully, Hirabyashi's comments indicate that Capcom won't change Resident Evil 2's winning gameplay formula in detrimental ways.

Resident Evil 2 launched in 1998 originally, using the same limiting controls and claustrophobic static camera angles as its predecessor. The Resident Evil 1 Gamecube remake retained the static camera, only opting to polish the game's visuals and audio. The Xbox One and PS4 version offered updated control schemes, allowing for more fluid movement. The classic controls remained as an option.

Capcom is currently giving Resident Evil 0 the same treatment, and I dare say we could see Resident Evil 3 HD down the line if RE2 is successful.

Let's hope Capcom take the remake's popularity into consideration when building Resident Evil 7.

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  • OMG that will be so awesome
  • Yes sir. I think RE2 is one of the best games ever made personally.
  • I'd have to disagree jez. MGS ;) we have our opinions though.
  • Well he did say one of the best...not the best! That being said, RE2 is a fan favorite. People have been clamoring for this since the RE1 remake came out on the Cube. I've constantly got those rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia on, so it's hard for me to say stuff like best game ever.
  • I said one of! MGS is in my top five for sure.
  • Well what a goof I am haha. :/ definitely going to play this sometime in the future.
  • Code Veronica
  • The zombies are coming!
  • I cannot for the life of me understand why it's so hard to get approval for a remake when the demand for one is so high. It's a guaranteed success almost since the masses asked for it. Just like with Final Fantasy VII. Just get it done. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Agreed would be nice to see a lot of companies follow capcom and do a few remakes. Wonder if they will eventually do Dino crises
  • Ugh...lets pretend those games never happened haha.
  • Was probably just a PR stunt on Capcom's part.
  • This is a corporation, you need permission to use company's resources. Game development costs money, even if it's a remake, marketing costs money (a lot of money). You're saying that there is a demand, can you proove it to the big wigs? They are the corpo people, they like numbers, charts, excel files and so on, simply stating that gamers would love to see this game isn;t enough.They have to do a market survey, count the expenses and estimate the ROI. Then thay have to put the profit agains other project to see if the time invested in this game is profitable enough or if it should be invested in some other project that will bring more money.   On the different side they have to also consider the fact that some games are not to be touched and remade because they can backfire on you. They do need to get approval for a remake.
  • " began failing to meet gamer's expectations." Who's gamer?
  • Re0 for 2016...probably years before we see this.
  • RE4 HD REMAKE NOW!! Top 10 favorite game of all time for me!
  • But why? It's already had more versions than the original RE (probably not, but it's only 10 years old).
  • How about even doing a better thing of bringing in more capcom fighters to the Xbox one. #mvc4
  • My favorite RE. Can't wait for this!
  • You mean ha and developers can't come up with any thing better, so they remake games? Wow
  • If the series has failed to meet gamer's expectations past the 4th game, the whole Capcom ticking off the person that created the series and causing him to quit might have something to do with it. This is probably like how Final Fantasy games are not as good in opinion.
  • Aye, publishers often fail to understand what made their franchises popular in the first place I find. If they make FF7's remake into a real-time hack n' slash action game I suspect a lot of people will be upset.
  • We need more Megaman games! Aghh Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Nooooo... Enough With with the remakes already...
  • I so love 2
  • Wish if ubisoft does the same for assassin creed brotherhood and 2 want to see again the mentor ezio
  • good news!
  • Can't wait for this...the mirror scene still haunts me 'til this day...
  • Because fuck making a new Resident Evil game that's good.
  • Hey Jez, hate to do this but... "...fourth instalment" should be "...fourth installment..." "...became the fast selling digital..." should be "...became the fastest selling digital..." "...Capcom take the remake's popularity..." should be "...Capcom takes the remake's popularity..." Great job otherwise!