The long-requested remake of the survival horror classic Resident Evil 2 is now in development, Capcom announced on Wednesday.
This Resident Evil 2 will be a complete remake of the original 1998 PlayStation release and not just a high-definition remaster.
Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, who will be the game’s producer at Capcom R&D Division 1, revealed the project in a YouTube announcement wearing a shirt that said “We Do It!”
No details or release date for the game were revealed by Capcom. Hirabayashi said there won’t be new information about the game in the near future as its still in the early stages. The studio will try to give updates to the fans and solicit feedback from them directly throughout its creation.
“Thanks to your incredible passion and support, the project has finally been approved for development!” Hirabayashi said in the video.
A remake of Resident Evil 2 is something fans of the franchise have wanted for more than a decade. Capcom repeatedly rejected plans for the game but in recent years said the company was open to the idea if there was enough fan support.
The Resident Evil series had a remake before, with Resident Evil on the GameCube in April 2002. The Remake overhauled the original’s visuals, added new areas and gameplay elements, changed some of the puzzles and incorporated new voice acting while also updating the game’s dialogue and script.
Hirabayashi worked on Resident Evil 5 (2009) as a script writer and was the producer on Resident Evil 6 (2012). He was also the producer of Resident Evil HD Remaster, which released in January for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and has sold more than a million copies.
Resident Evil 2 first released for the original PlayStation on Jan. 21, 1998. The game’s director was Hideki Kamiya, who worked on the original Resident Evil in 1996 and is known for his recent work at PlatinumGames with the Bayonetta franchise and The Wonderful 101 (2013). Shinji Mikami, the Resident Evil creator, served as the game’s producer and also the director on the 2002 remake. Both men are no longer associated with Capcom.
While the first game took place entirely inside a mansion, Resident Evil 2 happens inside a Raccoon City destroyed by the zombie outbreak two months after the events of the original. The game is the first to feature Leon Kennedy, who in the game is a rookie cop during his first day on the job. Claire Redfield, Chris Redfield’s sister, comes to Raccoon City to find her missing brother. Both characters have their own full story campaign that feature their perspectives on events in the game.
It later received an updated DualShock version for the PS1 in 1998, adding support for Sony’s new analog DualShock controller. Capcom ported the game to various systems over the years, like to the Nintendo 64 in October 1999 and for the Dreamcast in December 1999. It later appeared on the GameCube in January 2003.
Resident Evil 2 had an interesting development history. The game was almost completed before being scrapped and redone because Mikami felt the quality didn’t live up to the standards set by the original. This version came to be known as Resident Evil 1.5. It featured different storylines, gameplay elements, areas and a main character named Elza Walker instead of Claire.
Resident Evil 2 has more than 4.96 million lifetime sales as of June 30 and is the fourth best-selling game in the company’s history, behind Street Fighter II (1992), Resident Evil 6 and Resident Evil 5.
Watch the Resident Evil 2 remake announcement: