The Resident Evil 2 Remake is looking better than ever as its release window in early 2019 fast approaches. In this Resident Evil 2 Remake everything we know guide, we'll be running you through all the finer details that you need to know about the upcoming remake project, including the final Resident Evil 2 Remake release date, all the Resident Evil 2 Remake E3 2018 gameplay that we've managed to uncover so far, as well as other details. These other details include the Resident Evil 2 Remake campaigns, which were detailed recently by Capcom, as well as the Resident Evil 2 Remake 4K/60FPS options, which are still a little unclear.
Resident Evil 2 Remake Release Date
The Resident Evil 2 Remake release date is January 25, 2019. The game is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The trailer just below debuted at Sony's E3 2018 presentation on June 11, revealing a baby-faced Leon Kennedy in glorious HD.
As we mentioned at the top, the Resident Evil 2 Remake was finally announced by Capcom back in 2015, after years of fans repeatedly requesting a remake or remaster of the 1998 classic from the developer. 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, we can fully expect the game to now be in full development almost three years later in 2018.
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 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 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 statment 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.
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 VR Feature
According to an E3 2018 leak, Resident Evil 2 Remake could be headed to the PSVR. You can see the alledged document for Sony's E3 2018 presentation just below, but this was ultimately proved to be fake after the Sony E3 2018 presentation came and went, without a VR announcement for the remake project.
Resident Evil 2 Remake Gameplay 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.
It's worth noting that the original game's director, Hideki Kamiya, has faith in the new director and the team making it for Capcom.
I heard that my friend is directing RE2 remake. Let's trust him & wait for a new information ;)- 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 21, 2018
I went drinking with him last year & told him "Do as you like". That's the way directors should do. I trust him & his team ;) RT @GameEvilKnight: Do you think they will do your game justice ?- 神谷英樹 Hideki Kamiya (@PG_kamiya) January 21, 2018
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.
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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