Following the surprising reveal of Resident Evil 2 during PlayStation’s E3 Showcase, Capcom has revealed the first extensive details of the remake.
As you might have noticed from the reveal trailer, Resident Evil 2 is made in the same engine as the 2017 release of Resident Evil VII. They also revealed new details on how zombies will now actively be affected when damaged alone with more details on this reimagined version of Raccoon City. The full details via the press release are as follows:
Resident Evil 2 introduced characters who would go on to become some of the most iconic and beloved heroes in Capcom’s history: rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies. They must work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack. Both Leon and Claire have their own separately playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspective.
Twenty years later, the new Resident Evil 2 sees the nightmare return, now with unprecedented levels of immersion as seen in last year’s acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard. With Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine powering a new photorealistic style, the characters themselves appear sharper than ever and the grotesque hordes of zombies are brought to life with a horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect.
Zombies now react in real time as they take instant visible damage, making every bullet from the player count. Stunning lighting brings the familiar rooms and corridors of Raccoon City Police Department to new life. Players will feel they’re in the shoes of heroes Leon and Claire, terrified to step out of the light for fear of what flesh-eating nightmares might await them in the darkness.
Capcom Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi also spoke about the RE2 remake and said that this first reveal is just the tip of the iceberg with what is left to come.
“The press and fan reaction to Resident Evil 2 when we said ‘We Do It’ in 2015 has been overwhelming. We’ve been very eager to unveil the new game to the world this week. We want fans to see the reimagining of Resident Evil 2 not only captures the magic of the beloved original, but also expands it to deliver a richer experience. The first look at E3 is just a taste of what’s to come.”
To round things out, a slew of new screenshots for Resident Evil 2 have been revealed. You can find the gallery featuring all of these at the bottom of the page.
In case you didn’t already see in the reveal trailer, Resident Evil 2 is slated to release next year on January 25 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.