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

The Resident Evil 2 Remake will be releasing near the beginning of 2019, and we've got everything you need to know about the game, including 4K, 60FPS, gameplay details and more, right here.

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The Resident Evil 2 Remake was one of the most impressive games back at E3 2018, and we were even more impressed when we got the chance to play it for ourselves. In this Resident Evil 2 Remake everything we know guide, we've put together a complete hub of information for the upcoming horror game, including details on the Resident Evil 2 Remake release date, all the Resident Evil 2 Remake gameplay that we've both seen and played for ourselves so far, as well as the Resident Evil 2 4K/60FPS details that you need to know.

As you can probably tell by now, the Resident Evil 2 Remake is one of the most hotly anticipated horror games in years. We'll be keeping this guide entirely up to date with all the new details that emerge about Capcom's upcoming remake, right up until the eventual release of the game next year.

Resident Evil 2 Release Date

You can see the full reveal trailer for the Resident Evil 2 Remake just below, which was debuted to a surprised audience at Sony's E3 2018 presentation in June. It was in this trailer that the Resident Evil 2 release date was revealed to be January 29, 2019, which means the remake is set to be one of the first major releases of next year.

The Resident Evil 2 Remake was announced by Capcom back in 2015, after long time fans of the horror franchise had repeatedly appealed to Capcom for a remake of the game. 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 Remake E3 2018 Trailer

Just below, you can see the most recent 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 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 Preview Impressions

As we mentioned previously, the Resident Evil 2 Remake is a complete remake, entirely from the ground up. As such, the GameSpot preview for the game detailed how Resident Evil 2 Remake was familiar, but terrifying in brand new ways, considering that the camera has entirely changed to a third person view.

The IGN preview for the game, on the other hand, talks about how the Resident Evil 2 Remake has "returned to its roots". The tension of the game lies in the dark, twisted corridors of the Police HQ building, which was shown off in the brand new trailer for the remake.

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 Camera Details

But what else do we know about the upcoming Resident Evil 2 Remake? Like the original Resident Evil, the sequel featured fixed camera angles when it released back in 1998. However, we've recently seen a shift away from this fixed camera perspective from the Resident Evil franchise, especially with Resident Evil 7 in early 2017.

The camera has entirely changed for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, as the preview impressions detailed just above revealed. Instead of being a fixed camera like the remaster of the original Resident Evil, the camera has now changed to be a third-person, over the shoulder look. It basically makes the game feel a lot closer to Resident Evil 4, than the earlier games.

If you want an example of how the Resident Evil 2 Remake is going to play and function, check out the full gameplay video from PlayStation just below:

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 5 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 5 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 5 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 A month 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 A month 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:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/466580873771257/
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  • Avatar for aidansery21 #6 aidansery21 A month 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:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/466580873771257/
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  • Avatar for mikepaulwilson-barre #7 mikepaulwilson-barre A month 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 last month by mikepaulwilson-barre
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