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

Capcom is doing a wonderful Resident Evil 2 Remake, which is a brand new retelling using the Resident Evil 7 engine, so prepare yourself for some seriously beautiful gore, facial animations, a new third person camera, and overall good looks. It basically takes the original story of the PS1 classic and updates it to modern standards as Leon S Kennedy and Claire Redfield attempt to survive the Raccoon City outbreak.

Capcom has also just announced what's in the Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition, most importantly a giant 12 inch Leon S Kennedy statue in all his original RPCD uniform glory. On top of that there's an art book, posters, sound track, additional DLC and the whole Resident Evil 2 collector's edition comes in an item box, just like you'd find in the game. 

Here's everything we know so far about Resident Evil 2 Remake including what's in the Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition. 

The Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is early next year

Resident Evil 2 Remake release date

Thanks to the trailer we know that the Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is January 25, 2019. That makes it one of the first big things to look forward to next year, assuming there's no delays. That shouldn't be a problem given that Capcom has already been working on the Resident Evil 2 Remake for around 2-3 years and has shipped one game using the Resi 7 engine this is made with. This isn't pushing new tech or testing anything that hasn't been done before, so we're reasonably confident that the Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is going to hold (please hold). 

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

We now have out first full look at what's in the Resident Evil 2 Collector's Edition, mainly a 12 inch statue of Leon S Kennedy in his full RCPD uniform. As described in the info it's "an expertly-crafted 12-inch figure of Leon on his first day in his new RPD police uniform, re-created to mirror his in-game design down to the smallest details."

There's also a "Ben's File" art book collecting together the "photos and files documenting events after the Raccoon City tragedy," (I'm going to guess concept art there), a Raccoon City Police department renovations poster and a digital sound track code for the new sound track. 

There's quiet a lot of stuff in the Resident Evil 2 collector's edition, all contained in one of those classic Resi item boxes. And, as all those extras you get the Deluxe Edition DLC code with all it's extra outfits and gear, including all this: 

  • 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 an 'Elza Walker' costume in the Resident Evil 2 Remake pre order is an especially interesting and nice touch. Eliza 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. That game was almost complete when Capcom cancelled it and went back to the drawing board because the developers weren't happy with it. The character of Elza was was later reworked into Claire.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake Claire campaign was shown off at Gamescom

The original game came on two disks, each with one character's stories. At Gamescom we got to play the opening of Leon's story, but then at Gamescom it was Claire's turn, with the scene where she meets William and his massive arm eye. 

The original game created slightly different scenarios depending on who you played first, and the Claire A/Leon B way of playing is widely considered canon for the series, especially since Resident Evil 6 reference events that only happen if you play it in that order. We do also know that the bonus missions involving characters called Hunk and Tofu will be back somehow (an Umbrella agent and... a walking piece of Tofu, respectively). Originally these were additional time attack missions unlocked after completing the game so expect something similar this time around. 

One thing we do have is a look at the new look Resident Evil 2 Remake Clair. For the new game Capcom have redesigned both Resident Evil 2's Claire and Leon using real life faces to update their look. Here's Resident Evil 2 Remake Claire:

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.