It's seems that we are living in what is quickly becoming the golden age of video game remasters and remakes. The excellent The Last of Us Remastered released just last year kicked the trend into high gear, as it was received with a great deal of critical acclaim and adoration from fans. 2015 is offering up a bunch of other fresh regenerations, such as the smooth-looking Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One. In the world of RPGs Square Enix revealed its Final Fantasy 7 remake during E3 2015 and gamers have been clamoring for details all summer. Although the aforementioned titles certainly deserve a huge amount of attention, another remake that fans have been dying for is Resident Evil 2.
For the uninitiated, a few weeks ago, an unauthorized fan remaster of the survival-horror classic came out – entitled Resident Evil 2: Reborn – which in turn prompted many to imagine what a legitimate upgraded version could be like if the original developers were at the helm. As it happens, after the company caught wind of the unlicensed update, Capcom asked if fans wanted an official remake, to which they responded with resounding approval. In fact, the RE community's support was so overwhelming, that Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, producer of this year’s Resident Evil HD Remaster, swiftly pitched a Resident Evil 2 remake that very week, which is now being confirmed as an official project in the works.
Despite its confirmation, the Japanese game publisher and developer has yet to make a proper press release regarding the matter. However, as seen in the video above, Capcom's R&D Division 1's Hirabayashi thanks fans for their encouragement, and verifies that the plans for a Resident Evil 2 remake have been approved.
Additionally, a Capcom representative shared a statement with VideoGamer regarding the project, saying:
"We're pleased to confirm that Resident Evil 2 has been approved for development. As the title is only just starting its development cycle we unfortunately don't have any additional information or assets to share at this time. However, for now we want our fans to know that we appreciate all the feedback and support we've received on this title. We're looking forward to delivering this highly anticipated Resident Evil experience that fans have been waiting for."
With no specific details to go on concerning what the RE 2 remake will offer up, it's anyone's guess as to what the fresh take on the game will provide. Perhaps Capcom will look to its GameCube version of the first Resident Evil for some cues and include a few new areas to explore, or maybe the studio will follow a completely different route and incorporate some never-before-seen weaponry. At any rate, fans of the series excited by the remake's news should check out our wishlist for the game and see if what we want is worthy of addition.
Even though no release date or specific platforms have been announced for the Resident Evil 2 remake, it's highly likely that the title will appear on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.