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.

Jez Corden
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