Before Capcom officially announced that a remake of Resident Evil 2 was on the way, a group of fans was already working on bringing an updated version of the 1998 survival horror classic to life. While these developers, known at the time as Invader Games, ultimately ended production on their unofficial remake, Capcom has been sure to give them a nod in its new take on Resident Evil 2.
Players that reach the end of Resident Evil 2 Remake will encounter a special thanks section that offers several acknowledgements, including one for Hideki Kamiya, the director behind the original Resident Evil 2, and his development team. Furthermore, Invader Studios S.r.l., the current incarnation of Invader Games, is amongst these specially thanked parties.
Invader Studios' unofficial remake was to be titled Resident Evil 2: Reborn, and it looked to utilize Unreal Engine 4 in bringing updated graphics and lighting effects to the original title. Additionally, it was to feature modernized gameplay, opting for an over-the-shoulder perspective rather than the fixed camera that fans of Resident Evil 2 will be familiar with.
Indeed Invader Studios appeared to have made reasonable progress on its project, and it shared a number of gameplay videos showcasing what fans could expect from Resident Evil 2: Reborn. However, this all came to an end when Capcom announced Resident Evil 2 Remake in August 2015.
That said, this conclusion was apparently not spurred by antagonism and legal threats from Capcom. Instead, the members of Invader Studios indicated that the company contacted them prior to the announcement of Resident Evil 2 Remake, politely asked if they would "mind stopping the project," and invited them to discuss their ideas further.
The respect that Capcom showed the developers at Invader Studios when asking them to end production on Resident Evil 2: Reborn seems to have continued with the acknowledgement in Resident Evil 2 Remake's closing credits. While it is certainly regrettable that these fans had to abandon the work that they had done, this nod may act as continued consolation.
Furthermore, the end of Resident Evil 2: Reborn did not mean the end of Invader Studios, and the time these developers spent on the unofficial remake has informed a new game that is scheduled to release this year: Daymare 1998. This title certainly looks to pickup where the work on Resident Evil 2: Reborn left off, and it may just scratch the itch of players looking for more survival horror after completing Resident Evil 2 Remake.
Resident Evil 2 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.