Capcom clears up confusion over the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake, stating that the game will not be a simple remaster of the survival horror classic.
Most modern consoles have libraries chock full of remastered versions of games from previous generations. Capcom, however, has clarified that the in-development Resident Evil 2 remake will not just be an older version of the game with a graphical tweak. According to the developer, the newest version of Resident Evil 2 will actually be a "from the ground up remake."
The comments were made by Capcom UK’s senior marketing director Stuart Turner, who was responding to some speculation over the game’s status. Capcom’s latest financial report referred to the remake as a "remastered version of Resident Evil 2," leading many to wonder whether the game would simply be a previous version of the game with additional bells and whistles. However, this does not appear to be the case.
Turner took to Twitter to address the issue head on, in an attempt to kill off any further speculation. "Seems to be a few people picking up a mistranslation in our own investor report," said Turner. The UK marketing director continued to reiterate that "RE2 will be a full from the ground up remake NOT a remaster."
The Resident Evil 2 remake was first announced by Capcom back in August, although the developer did not offer many details surrounding the project, and no screenshots were released. Therefore, many fans of the smash hit horror franchise have been left wondering how different the game will be from the original version. Although most were still expecting the game to be a remake instead of a simple remaster, the lack of details meant that the game was ripe for speculation.
Resident Evil 2 does not have a set release date as of yet, but will join a marketplace full of fellow remakes and remastered versions. The PS4 and Xbox One have seen a wealth of rebooted content, with the likes of The Last of Us and Tomb Raider seeing remastered editions, whilst The Master Chief Collection saw a compilation of Halo games released in one package. There is more to come, too, with Square Enix working feverishly on a full remake of the iconic RPG Final Fantasy VII.
The pressure is on for Capcom to deliver a top quality remake of Resident Evil 2, however, with many fans intrigued to see how similar the game feels to other titles in the franchise. The most recent main series release, Resident Evil 6, proved to be a mixed bag, with many gamers critical of the game’s larger action focus. Let’s see whether Capcom can fulfil fan wishlists and rekindle the fires at the heart of the survival horror pioneer.