Capcom announced its Resident Evil 2 Remake waaay back in 2015, so the gameplay reveal among this year's E3 2018 games was long overdue. However, it was certainly worth the wait, showing off not just a nice HD remaster, but a completely new game made from the Resident Evil 7 engine.
This new Resident Evil 2 Remake still follows Leon and Claire's dual campaigns though the Raccoon City outbreak, but has been reimagined in a far more modern style with the gameplay and gore brought right up to modern expectations. Let's take a look at what horror is shuffling our way
The Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is early next year
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 pre order features in-game weapons and clothes
If you want a Resident Evil 2 Remake pre order there are two option at the moment - the basic game and a Resident Evil 2 Remake Deluxe Edition option. The base game is just that, while the Deluxe edition has these extras and DLC included:
- Deluxe Weapon: 'Samurai Edge - Chris Model'
- Deluxe Weapon: 'Samurai Edge - Jill Model'
- Deluxe Weapon: 'Samurai Edge - Albert Model'
- Resident Evil 2 Special Theme (PS4)
- Leon Costume: 'Arklay Sheriff'
- Leon Costume: 'Noir'
- Claire Costume: 'Military'
- Claire Costume: 'Noir'
- Claire Costume: 'Elza Walker'
- 'Original Ver.' 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 will be at Gamescom or PlayStation Experience
The original game came on two disks, each with one character's stories. So far we've seen only seen the opening of Leon's story, but little of the Resident Evil 2 Remake Claire side of things. She turns up briefly in the trailer but that's it. We know that the Resident Evil Remake will still somehow have two campaigns but Capcom are being coy about how it'll all work.
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 Resi 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.
Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay
Capcom have 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 Resi 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?
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.