Resident Evil 2 Remake Release Date, PC System Specs, Trailer, Impressions, Gameplay, 4K/60FPS - Everything we Know

The Resident Evil 2 Remake is shaping up to be something special, and we've got all the release date, gameplay, and character details you need right here.

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The Resident Evil 2 Remake isn't too far off now, set to release in January 2019. In this complete hub of information about Capcom's upcoming game, we'll be delving into all the details you need to know about the remake, including the final Resident Evil 2 Remake release date, all the Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay that we've seen so far, and much more.

Resident Evil 2 Release Date

Below, you can see the Resident Evil 2 Remake trailer which focuses on Leon S. Kennedy. This trailer debuted back at E3 2018, and it was here that the release date of January 25, 2019 was announced for the remake.

This might have been the first trailer for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, but it wasn't the first announcement of the remake. In August 2015, the video just below was posted to the official Resident Evil YouTube page, revealing Yoshiaki Hirabayashi to be the lead developer for the remake.

The video announced that the Resident Evil 2 Remake had finally been approved for development at Capcom, although Yoshiaki Hirabayashi stated it would be "some time" before we'd hear any updates on the game. It's unclear whether the project had been greenlit for pre-production or full production back in August 2015, but either way, it's an incredible feat that the developers were able to completely turn the project around in little over three years.

Resident Evil 2 Ada Wong Trailer

Capcom had been relatively quiet about certain characters in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, one of these being Ada Wong. The antagonist was finally unveiled back at Tokyo Games Show 2018, in the trailer just below.

Just below, you can check out a further trailer for the Resident Evil 2 Remake. This trailer debuted in the middle of Sony's E3 2018 presentation in June, and it was here that the release date for the game was revealed.

If you want an idea about how impressive the Resident Evil 2 Remake looks, check out the brilliant comparison shots from Rely on Horror just below:

Resident Evil 2 sure has aged since it first came out in 1998. To put that into context, the author of this guide was three years old when the game first released. Oh boy.

Resident Evil 2 Gamescom 2018

Earlier this year, we got a chance to play the Resident Evil 2 Remake for ourselves at Gamescom, in Germany. Specifically, we got the chance to play a slice of Claire's campaign, and to find out what we made of our fight with the mutated William Birkin, head over to our Resident Evil 2 Remake Gamescom impressions.

Also at Europe's biggest games show, we got the chance to put a few questions to Resident Evil 2 Remake director Kazunori Kadoi and producer Tsuyoshi Kanda. For whatever reason, we chose to ask them about whether they'd seen any of the infamously-terrible Resident Evil movies. Head over to our interview with the pair, to find out what they made of the film series.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Gameplay

After the trailer that teased the remake at Sony's E3 2018 presentation, our sister site Eurogamer went hands-on with the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Series expert Aoife Wilson is playing 20 minutes of the game just below, which looks dark, cramped, and downright terrifying.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Adaptive Difficulty

Our sister site VG247 broke the news shortly after E3 2018 that the Resident Evil 2 Remake would feature adaptive difficulty. This was first debuted in the series back in Resident Evil 4, and basically replaces standard difficult options with a more fluid, interchanging difficulty system based on different enemies.

Resident Evil 2 Remake 4K, 60FPS Options

We're not entirely sure on the situation surrounding the frame rate on the Resident Evil 2 Remake, as Capcom's recent statement was that "the final version of the game on all platforms is being is being developed targeting a variable frame rate of 60FPS. On PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, in addition to 4K output, the game will have a stable, high-framerate experience".

Previously, Capcom brand manager Mike Lunn had stated that the game would offer 4K for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X consoles. Lunn revealed that if you were playing Resident Evil 2 Remake in 4K however, you wouldn't be able to run it in 60 frames per second at the same time. We'll expect to hear more details further down the line, on whether Resident Evil 2 Remake will support 60FPS on all platforms for certain.

Speaking of the hardware side of the Resident Evil 2 Remake, you can see both the minimum and maximum PC specs for the horror remake just below.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Minimum PC Specs

  • OS: WINDOWS 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4460, 2.70GHz or AMD FX-6300 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 or AMD Radeon R7 260x with 2GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Resident Evil 2 Remake Recommended PC Specs

  • OS: WINDOWS 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (64-BIT Required)
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590 or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 with 3GB VRAM
  • DirectX: Version 11

Resident Evil 2 Remake Tofu and Fourth Survivor Modes

In an interview with Trusted Reviews at E3 2018, Resident Evil 2 Remake producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi confirmed that both the Tofu and Fourth Survivor modes will be returning in the remake of the game.

Firstly, the Tofu mode unlocks after completing both Claire and Leon's campaigns, and lets you undertake the game again as a large piece of tofu, armed with a knife. Secondly, the Fourth Survivor mode will also be present in the Resident Evil 2 Remake, letting you play as super agent HUNK. To unlock this mode however, you have to complete both Claire and Leon's campaigns with an A grade rating.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Story Details

One thing that is even less unlikely to change is the story in the Resident Evil 2 Remake. Although we won't spoil any of the later story details of the original game (just in case you're yet to play it), the story of the 1998 game was set two months after the events of the original Resident Evil, and followed dual protagonists Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield.

The original Resident Evil 2 followed both characters as they arrived in Raccoon City, and while Leon is a police officer in the middle of his first day on the job, Claire is a college student, looking for her brother Chris Redfield (protagonist of the original Resident Evil). The story of the game isn't going to change in the remake, but it's worth noting that Capcom has announced that Leon and Claire will have entirely different campaigns.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Pre-Order

Hit up either of the links just below, if you want to reserve your copy of Resident Evil 2 Remake ahead of time.

As of right now, these are absolutely all the details we have to go on about the Resident Evil 2 Remake. But as we mentioned previously, make sure to keep an eye on this guide, as we'll keep you updated with any additional details announced by Capcom.

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  • Avatar for 2ndopp #1 2ndopp 9 months ago
    This is journalism at its crappiest. You have NONE of the details claimed in the articles title. Rename this "Resident Evil 2 Speculation"
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  • Avatar for SingingBrakeman #2 SingingBrakeman 9 months ago
    Thanks for compiling this in one place! I'm looking forward to the remake, and more optimistic after finally returning to the Resident Evil series with Revelations 2 on Switch (the last I'd enjoyed was RE5).

    One quick clarification, and I'll admit this is down to jargon: the Resident Evil on Gamecube was a remake rather than a remaster. Remaster typically refers to leaving in place an engine, environments, etc. while remake tends to denote the recreation of a game/movie/album from the ground up. The Gamecube RE was the latter category, as while the skeleton of the game was retained, the environments, engine, models, narrative and more were created from scratch.Edited January 2018 by SingingBrakeman
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  • Avatar for realchris2011 #3 realchris2011 9 months ago
    I really REALLY want this on the Switch, please release this on the Switch.
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  • Avatar for asemal-sharif54 #4 asemal-sharif54 5 months ago
    Good luck guys on the project ... We would love to see survivor horror games come back on top ... Therefore, Action element can support the scary game in sort of way but does not make the game ... As an old school gamer ... I could tell that we hate new era's heroes personalities ... We love our characters to react accordingly to the scene/moment and not according to his/her braveness, as we do not prefer them to be cheesy too ... Besides, little bit of cheesiness we do not mind if it helps the story to progress and that is the only case how it works well. In RE7 we saw so much improvement regarding this matter ... We hope capcom keeps it up ... Peace
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  • Avatar for aidansery21 #5 aidansery21 5 months ago
    I will be at E3 livestreaming the RE2 Remake announcement event. You can join my Resident Evil fan group on facebook to watch. Here is a link:
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  • Avatar for aidansery21 #6 aidansery21 5 months ago
    @asemal-sharif54 I will be at E3 livestreaming the RE2 Remake announcement event. You can join my Resident Evil fan group on facebook to watch. Here is a link:
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  • Avatar for mikepaulwilson-barre #7 mikepaulwilson-barre 5 months ago
    What do you mean no Gameplay take it you haven't seen the second trailer released then. youtube . com/ watch?v=gkRFLFH7NhQ&Edited 2 times. Last edited June 2018 by mikepaulwilson-barre
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