Last August, Capcom delighted longtime fans around the world by announcing that survival-horror classic Resident Evil 2 is getting a remake. Unlike recent remasters, this game will be completely remade from scratch. This has left fans both excited, but also cautiously curious. Will it retain the feel of the original, or will its gameplay be more similar to modern entries in the franchise like Resident Evil 6? Resident Evil producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi addressed these questions in a recent interview with Video Gamer. Although he didn’t share any specifics, he explained that he and his team are aiming to “recapture the spirit” of the original game.

“[The development team is] working hard on the game at the moment and there are some reasons why I think we can recapture the spirit of the first game As you mentioned, the first game’s remake is held up as proof that a remaster can recapture the original game, and as it so happens, the RE GameCube remake was my first project at Capcom. I was able to learn from more experienced colleagues and see with my own eyes how they translated their efforts into such a masterpiece that built on an already well-received game. It was an incredibly valuable experience for me.

“Also, Resident Evil 2 was the first Resident Evil I played. Everyone’s experience is different but I remember how it felt to play it for the first time, and the task of bringing that to the fans all over again is a cause of daily headaches for me (laughs). Work is progressing on the game and all I can do is ask the fans to wait patiently and excited.

“This fine toothcomb approach to the remaster really showed me what my predecessors focused on during the original project and that’s been very valuable too.”
— Yoshiaki Hirabayashi

Hirabayashi went on to say that he has listened to the fan feedback from Resident Evil 6 (which received mixed reviews and was criticized by many veteran fans for straying too far from Resident Evil‘s core elements) and is eager to show what he learned from the experience.

“Every title brings with it learning experiences. And of course I saw a lot of the feedback on Resident Evil 6 and have taken on board everything I’ve heard from the fans about the game and I want to show you what it taught me with through the next experience I’ll be bringing to you.”
— Yoshiaki Hirabayashi

Fans have been clamoring for a Resident Evil 2 remake for years. Hopefully Capcom can strike the right balance between creating a gaming experience that holds up in the modern market and sticking true to what made the game special in the first place.

Source: Video Gamer

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