Resident Evil 2 Remake collector's edition, release date, gameplay and demo details - everything we know

Why remaster a game when you can just remake it from scratch? The upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake isn't just a restored original, it's an all new game made in the Resident Evil 7 engine. 

That means this is a super pretty version of the original horror classic, both honouring and reinventing the original at the same time. There are modern controls, an over the shoulder camera, as well as some pretty spectacularly good looking locations, characters and even monsters. 

The adventures of Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield, as the attempt to survive the Raccoon City outbreak, are reinterpreted as much as recreated. It's all pretty much as you remember it, but with a few twists and surprises along the way to keep you on you toes. 

There's also a Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition, complete with a 12 inch Leon S Kennedy model if you're into that sort of thing. Plus all the usual extras like outfit DLC, soundtrack stuff, art books and a fancy box (copying the the item boxes you find in the actual game). 

So read on and find out everything we know about the Resident Evil 2 Remake.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is early next year

Resident Evil 2 Remake release date

The Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is January 25, 2019, which means it's basically the first big deal of 2019. Not a bad start to the year, really. 

The Resident Evil 2 Remake collectors edition features a Leon statue, art book, in-game weapons and clothes

The Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition features a 12 inch statue of Leon S Kennedy in that classic RCPD uniform. There's also an art book collecting together the "photos and files documenting events after the Raccoon City tragedy' That's called Ben's Book after Ben Bertolucci, the reporter who'd been investigating the Arklay Mountain murders originally in Resident Evil 2.  And, as well as all those extras you get the Deluxe Edition DLC code with all this extra outfits and gear: 

  • Leon Costume: “Arklay Sheriff”
  • Leon Costume: “Noir”
  • Claire Costume: “Military”
  • Claire Costume: “Noir”
  • Claire Costume: “Elza Walker”
  • Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Albert Model”
  • “Original Version” Soundtrack Swap

Having that 'Elza Walker' costume is a nice touch as Elia was the original second playable character (along with Leon) in what's now called Resident Evil 1.5, an earlier aborted version of Resident Evil 2.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake Ada sections are one way the game is adding new ideas

One challenge of remaking a classic game rather than remastering it is how much do you add new stuff? Some people will expect classic moments to be preserved, but you also need some new stuff to keep things interesting. Enter things like new playable Ada sections. These give you control of the red dress wearing spy and allow you to play as here and find out what she was up to when she wasn't hanging out with Leon. It's a neat way of adding new gameplay to the game without straying too far from the original story. Ada even comes with a new toy - a hacking gadget she can use to open doors and solve puzzles.  

Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay

Capcom has shown off a good chunk of Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay, focusing on the Leon portion of the story. What we've seen appears to be right at the start, as in the original game Leon's campaign more or less begins at the police station after a few minutes in the streets of Raccoon City. The Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay shows off a completely reimagined game, using the Resident Evil 7 engine to create hideous looking zombies that can be shot to pieces, creating an experience that appears to be right up to modern horror standards. 

Is there a Resident Evil 2 Remake demo?

Resident Evil 2 Remake demo

There's no official word on when a Resident Evil 2 Remake demo might arrive but there's been talk of one ever since the Resi 7 demo, Beginning Hour, supposedly contained a very obscure clue hinting one might be on the way - while watching one of the in-game videotapes, the number 00551-90009 appeared on screen. The product IDs for the Resident Evil: Director's Cut that included an Resident Evil 2 demo were SLUS-00551 SLUS-90009 so there's been talk of a Resident Evil 2 Remake demo since 2016. It was something that worked well for Resident Evil 7 so you can expect something similar with a Resident Evil 2 Remake Demo, possibly even a connected but stand alone experience like Beginning Hour 

If you need something to fill the time between now and the Resident Evil 2 Remake release then here are the best horror games around. Any one of these should be good to give you nightmares until next year.