Resident Evil 6 and Operation Raccoon City may not have received the best response from reviewers and fans of the series, but a franchise based around zombies was never going to stay down for long. Sure enough, 2015 will welcome two new (well, one new) titles to the family: a re-remastered version of the original Resident Evil for current and last-gen consoles, and the rumored sequel Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which has now been confirmed by Capcom after box art leaked last month.
A concept teaser for Resident Evil Revelations 2 has been released alongside the announcement of the game. There’s no gameplay and very little in the way of plot hints, but it’s an interesting and quite creative teaser that definitely sets the right kind of mood. Capcom has stated that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will release in early 2015 for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. There is no mention of a Wii U release for either of the upcoming titles, and it looks like Resident Evil may be joining Call of Duty on the list of franchises that are leaving Nintendo’s console behind.
According to IGN, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will not revolve around Resident Evil regulars Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine, but beyond that the plot is unknown. Fans of Chris and Jill can instead look forward to the Resident Evil remake, which now has a trailer to show off the console version’s graphics (and remind people of the story, of course).
Survival horror fans have been given reason to be suspicious of HD remakes, most notably with the much-lambasted Silent Hill HD Collection. Resident Evil: Revelations itself received a PC and console port that many were less than impressed by. Hopefully this new version of Resident Evil will prove to at least be a competent remake that allows the newest generation of gamers to experience a survival horror classic on current consoles.
The survival horror genre has seen a resurgence on the indie scene in recent years, with the popularity of games like Outlast, Slender and recent Let’s Play sensation Five Nights at Freddy’s proving that there’s definitely still a market for games where ammo is scarce (or even non-existent) and the game world is a scary, hostile place. The Resident Evil series has taken plenty of different approaches to gameplay over the course of its many, many titles, but Resident Evil: Revelations saw a return to the exploration- and puzzle-based mechanics of the original games. A lot of fans would probably be happy to see the sequel follow the same pattern.
Do Resident Evil: Revelations 2 and the HD remastered edition of Resident Evil look like they’ll be joining your collection next year? Tell us in the comments what you thought of these two trailers.
Resident Evil Relevations 2 and Resident Evil HD will be released in 2015 for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.