Although it has been close to 20 years since the first Resident Evil game launched for PlayStation, many can still remember their first experience with the title as if it was yesterday. Navigating that mansion with Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine was an unforgettable experience, and more importantly it established the survival horror genre as a major player in the triple-A space.
With the release of Resident Evil HD then, it’s likely that most die-hard fans will be able to pick up a current-gen controller and find success without missing a beat. However, once they complete the game they will find a special surprise, one that was not in any prior releases of the game.
According to a poster on Reddit, getting through Resident Evil HD on PC, PS4, or Xbox One delivers the usual credits crawl, followed by a special message from Shinji Mikami. It’s a rather lengthy message, so check it out below.
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Mikami, for those who might not know, was the original creator of the Resident Evil series and is considered one of the fathers of survival horror. He has since moved away from Capcom and Resident Evil development, forming his own studio Tango Gameworks and releasing a new horror title called The Evil Within, but he clearly wanted to show his thanks to fans.
While the surprise itself is not a Resident Evil 7 tease or some sort of larger revelation, it’s still worth highlighting because of its significance. Mikami is such an important figure to survival horror fans, and to see him take time to acknowledge their love of his work is a nice treat.
But even if the message doesn’t do much for you, Resident Evil HD is still worth checking out because it shows where the genre got its start. Yes, the tank controls, save system, and inventory management are going to be a little antiquated, but without these ideas we wouldn’t have the base for future games like Resident Evil 4. So, if you’re curious to know why Resident Evil and Shinji Mikami are so popular, maybe check out the HD Remaster.
Have you picked up Resident Evil HD and reached the end of the game? Do you think Mikami should return to Resident Evil development?
Resident Evil HD is out now for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.