The fans demanded, and Capcom has finally answered them. In an official video announcement today, Capcom and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, aka H from R&D Division 1, confirmed that the Resident Evil 2 Remake project has been approved. In short, the Resident Evil 2 Remake that fans have been asking about for quite some time is in the works. You can check out Hirabayashi’s video announcement below.
Speaking on the announcement, Hirabayashi commented: “It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have pushed the project to get approved. The team here at Capcom Japan really appreciates fans’ passion and support and will do our best to bring fans what they really want.”
It seemed like this would only be a matter of time after the success of the recently released Resident Evil REmake. However, that version was really an upgraded and remastered version of a previously released Resident Evil remake for the Nintendo Gamecube released in 2002. Resident Evil 2 never received a formal remake for the later console generations. In short, a remastered version that did not look horrendously dated would be very hard to do. However, per a a report from VideoGamer, “the title will be a complete remake of the original game.” It sounds like this will be a similar route to the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake for the PlayStation 4 from Square Enix. In short, a lot more money, R&D and development power will have to go into remaking Resident Evil 2 from the ground up than the HD remasters of Resident Evil and the upcoming Resident Evil 0.
Capcom will release more details on the Resident Evil 2 Remake project later on. Until then, Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster will launch on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows PC in early 2016. Hopefully, from here, as long as the remake projects are successful Capcom will consider tackling Resident Evil 3 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica next.