Resident Evil 2 was the quintessential survival horror game of so many 20-somethings’ childhoods, and Capcom is injecting this classic with the G-virus to bring it back to life in 2019.
What is Resident Evil 2?
Resident Evil 2 (2019) is a survival horror game remake, developed and published by Capcom. The project is set to breathe life back into the original 1998 PlayStation title, which was itself the successor to the first Resident Evil.
The original Resident Evil 2 was a horrifying adventure through the zombie-ridden streets of Raccoon City. Main characters Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield have become two of the most beloved Capcom protagonists of all time, and the prospect of what the eighth generation of consoles and modern PCs can do with this story has fans giddy with excitement.
The original title had much to offer: weapons that shaky hands would struggle to set on target, unearthly creatures that would creep into view and make the player’s skin crawl, eerie lighting and music, and some of the most unnerving jump scares ever experienced with a controller in hand.
One of the most innovative things that the 1998 release achieved was presenting the player with clever puzzles while preserving a looming dread; it created a sense of discomfort as gamers attempted to keep their wits about them, just knowing the next terrifying encounter could come at any time.
Resident Evil 2 (1998) may very well be the greatest ever horror game, so fans are expecting big things.
Why are we excited?
Resident Evil 2 has already won Best of Show at E3 2018’s Game Critics Awards. That fact puts the title on the same pedestal as Super Mario Odyssey (2017), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2016), and Fallout 4 (2015). This pedigree speaks volumes about what is to come.
The game’s official reveal trailer (embedded above), which aired at E3 2018’s PlayStation Showcase, has received 1.6 million views on the official PlayStation YouTube channel alone. To say this game is being met with jubilated hype would be an understatement.
The latest canon game of the series is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, released on January 24, 2017, with its most recent DLC, ‘End of Zoe’, dropping on December 12, 2017. A full year has passed without Resident Evil, and survival horror fanatics have really built up an appetite.
Fans are anxious to see what Capcom has both kept and changed about the game. News recently broke that Leon’s backstory would include some minor tweaks, and even such a tiny detail has whipped the community into a frenzy.
Video game remakes became quite a trend in 2018, and some really great ones (including Shadow of the Colossus and Spyro Reignited Trilogy)saw the light of day. Capcom has shared with sources that it is intending to explore further remakes after Resident Evil 2, so the company must be pleased with the work it has done.
Capcom seems confident about the Resident Evil 2 remake, and that news is promising considering it had some downs in 2018—Street Fighter V and the whole in-game ads fiasco, to name one. Bringing critical acclaim to a redux of an all-time best game would be an amazing way to start 2019.
The Resident Evil 2 remake is easily one of the most exciting games in 2019, and fans really hope Capcom succeeds in delivering on some scary nostalgia.
When can we play it?
Resident Evil 2 will become available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs on January 25, 2019.
Is the promise of a return to Raccoon City a tantalizing prospect for you, or would you rather just see Capcom hard at work on Resident Evil 8? Let us know, then come back tomorrow to find out why we’re optimistic about one of 2019’s most controversial games.