Fans were aghast when the 20th anniversary of Resident Evil 2 came and went with absolutely no updates on the highly anticipated remake. A few days later, an alleged insider dumped an assortment of details on the remake, with one feature in particular provoking the ire of diehard traditionalists.
What is this controversial change? Nothing outrageous, just a simple shift from the fixed camera style from the original Resident Evil 2 to the more modern, over-the-shoulder style that got its start in Resident Evil 4. While none of this is confirmed, it would make logical sense to update the play style to suit today’s gamers. However, this isn’t sitting well with certain fans, who have been fuming online that Capcom would even dare make this significant change to their beloved game.
The cause of this controversy originated in a recent leak from an anonymous user on 4chan, which already does little to lend to the leak’s credibility. The post contains alleged details on the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake, and includes everything from a target release date to information on playable characters. It also states that the game will adopt the over the shoulder perspective that has gotten fans so riled up. This information should be taken with an enormous grain of salt, but not everyone is keen on common sense – especially impassioned gamers.
Some have even taken to harassing Capcom alumni Hideki Kamiya (director of the original Resident Evil 2) through his Twitter account, despite the fact he isn’t involved with the project at all, and doesn’t even work for Capcom anymore. Angry fans have been asking for his insight and begging him to step in and do something about this unconfirmed change. Kamiya went online and made his feelings on the subject very clear earlier this week, where he said he would block those that continue to pester him about it.
As for how he actually feels about the project, Kamiya has already openly voiced his opinions on the remake, saying he trusts the new director, with Kamiya even sharing drinks with the man at one point and giving him his blessing. Kamiya also suggested that fans reserve judgment until new information is disclosed. In this case, he surely means official releases from Capcom and not leaks from unverified sources.
The Resident Evil 2 remake has yet to receive an official release date.