The upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake will have some major changes when compared to the original release, but it will also have a lot of familiar elements. Not only is the Resident Evil 2 remake staying to the original game's story, setting, and pure-horror atmopshere, but it's also bringing back some familiar monsters, including one of the 1998 title's most memorable bosses.
Fans of the original Resident Evil 2 game will recall a jump-scare moment where a giant mutant alligator lunges at Leon S. Kennedy while he's exploring the sewer system beneath Raccoon City. The mutant alligator is one of the original Resident Evil 2's more outlandish elements, but Capcom is committed to recreating the beast for the remake.
As explained by Resident Evil 2 producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, speaking to Polygon at E3 2018:
"I really like the alligator character and want to have it in there. I think it’s part of Resident Evil 2’s history, and people have lots of great memories of it."
While longtime fans of Resident Evil 2 may be excited that such a popular moment is being recreated in the remake, the alligator was almost left out entirely. According to Hirabayashi, there was some concern from the development team that the alligator wouldn't fit in the remake's "world." Apparently the development iterated on the alligator's design several times, so it's possible that the encounter with the creature may not be quite the same as players remember from the 1998 version.
The Resident Evil 2 remake will be experiencing some other changes as well. For example, Leon and Claire will each have their own dedicated campaigns, as opposed to the two characters having an A campaign and a B campaign that impact one another. Furthermore, the game is also moving to an over-the-shoulder camera instead of the fixed camera angles from the original game.
It's true that the Resident Evil 2 remake will have some changes, and while the alligator boss fight may be tweaked to surprise returning players, it's nice to see Capcom work to include it in the game. We should learn more about what else players can expect from the Resident Evil 2 remake in the coming months.
Resident Evil 2 will launch on January 25, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.