The remake of Resident Evil 2 is right around the corner, and many likely consider it to be one of the most anticipated titles of 2019. This week the ESRB gave its official rating for the game and to no one's surprise, Resident Evil 2 is once again rated "M" for "Mature."
The rating description points out strong language, intense violence, and blood and gore courtesy of some of the game's creepiest monsters, but it also lists the inclusion of "in-game purchases." Right now, however, it is unknown what these microtransactions will contain, but given that this is a single-player survival horror game, it could easily be cosmetic and vanity items.
That's not to say that there is no possibility for different styles of microtransactions in Resident Evil 2. After all, there have been single-player games with microtransactions that have affected gameplay. While that doesn't seem too likely, it is entirely in the hands of Capcom.
This is a survival-horror game in which players assume the roles of a policeman and/or a college student battling a zombie outbreak in the fictional Raccoon City. From a third-person perspective, players explore environments and use pistols, shotguns, tasers, explosives, and flamethrowers to kill mutant creatures and zombies. Combat is highlighted by realistic gunfire, screams of pain, and large blood-splatter effects. Cutscenes also depict instances of intense violence and gore: a character's throat ripped out by a mutant's teeth; a man's body cut in half, leaving entrails dangling from his torso; a man's head crushed by a zombie's hands. Some areas also depict mutilated corpses/zombies with exposed organs and viscera. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.
As seen in the above summary, players are in for an intense ride, which should also be filled with nostalgia for Resident Evil fans. It has been confirmed there will be costume DLC present in Resident Evil 2 so it's also possible that the microtransactions will be part of changing the look of the main characters.
Microtransactions aside, a lot of fans may be counting on the success of this survival horror remake. That's because it appears that Capcom has teased a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis if Resident Evil 2 does well financially. But considering the popularity of the remake, it certainly seems ready to meet that bar.
Resident Evil 2 releases on January 25, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.