Fans have been asking Capcom to revisit Leon and Claire’s escape from Raccoon City in Resident Evil 2 for years, and they finally gave in. The result was a smash hit that was widely praised by fans and reviews alike. Despite being a remake, many already see Resident Evil 2 as an early front-runner for 2019’s Game of the Year, and early sales figures have been equally positive.
According to the latest numbers from Capcom, the Resident Evil 2 remake has shipped out over 4 million copies. That includes digital sales and physical shipments to retail. The remake was sitting at 3 million shipments as of January 29th, which means another million units have been downloaded and/or shipped out over the past month. This puts it less than a million units behind the original Resident Evil 2 and closing in fast.
In celebration of reaching this impressive milestone, Capcom held a round table event with several of the game’s developers. The group discusses some of the behind-the-scenes development of the remake over a nice meal. You can check it out by clicking below!
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It's official — Thanks to all of you, we've shipped 4 million units of RE2 worldwide! To celebrate, we're presenting a roundtable with some of the RE2 devs: https://t.co/d0lTCxtI6Z Thanks so much for playing RE2!#re2#capcom
Over 20 years after Resident Evil 2 debuted on PlayStation, Capcom took us back to Raccoon City for a horrifying stroll down memory lane. The new version of Resident Evil 2 has been remade from the ground up with HD graphics, a new camera scheme, new controls, new areas to explore, and more. It launched to stellar reviews just a few days ago, and Capcom just announced that it has already hit a major milestone.
According to Capcom’s latest press release, the Resident Evil 2 remake has shipped over 3 million copies in its first week. Considering the game launched on January 25th, this is only its fifth day on the market. The original game sold 4.96 million total units, but Capcom expects the remake to achieve similar sales to Resident Evil VII, which passed 6 million. The two had similar launches, with Capcom reporting 2.5 million sales for Resident Evil VII on its fourth day on the market.
We’re less than a day away now from the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake, and Capcom’s still not done hyping it up yet. Yesterday we posted the game’s early launch trailer, and today Capcom treated us to a different kind of trailer. Horror filmmaker George Romero created a live-action trailer for the original Resident Evil 2 back in 1998, so Capcom decided to release a new live-action ad for the remake in his honor.
Capcom has rebuilt Resident Evil 2 from the ground up with impressive new HD visuals, modernized controls and camera options, an expanded plot, new areas to explore, and more. Early reviews of this remake are overwhelmingly positive, and fans are chomping at the bit to head back to Raccoon City after being hooked by the 1-Shot Demo. There are still two days left to go, but Capcom went ahead and released the launch trailer a little early.
We’re just days away from the big return to Raccoon City, and the hype is strong! Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake is pulling in stellar reviews from just about everyone, and the recently released 1-shot demo has been downloaded over 3 million times in less than two weeks. If that’s not enough to get you excited, today Capcom also revealed that free DLC is on the way to the game after it launches.
During a special livestream event for the game, Capcom revealed a new mode called “Ghost Survivors” is coming to all Resident Evil 2 remake players at no extra charge. Details are still relatively scarce, but this mode apparently allows you to explore Racoon City as a variety of players, racking up points and spending them at an in-game store. There is some degree of randomization to the content, but it’s not clear exactly how it all works.
Ghost Survivors mode will add content to the game over time with three installments. Robert Kendo, a USS Member, and Katherine (the mayor’s daughter) will all be playable characters in the first volume, and there are more characters to be announced. The first volume will also feature a new enemy that’s never been in Resident Evil 2 before. Ghost Survivors is intended to have high replay value.
On top of Ghost Survivors, Capcom also announced new costume DLC. Leon and Claire are getting new skins designed to look closer to their original models. These were announced as part of a promotion for Japanese players, so it’s unclear if they will be free or paid DLC outside of Japan.
Over 20 years after Capcom first unleashed survival-horror classic Resident Evil 2 on the world, we’re finally getting an HD remake. The new take on the Raccoon City disaster ditches the tank controls and fixed camera angles for a more modern style, and everything has been built from the ground up in the new RE Engine. So how does the 2019 model stack up to the original?
So far the reviews are largely glowing. The game is sitting at an average score of 91/100 based on 54 positive reviews and one mixed review on Metacritic. Reviews praise its graphics, its tense and action-filled moments, and its appeal to both veteran fans and newcomers alike. Many see this as the definitive Resident Evil style that Capcom should capitalize on going forward. The biggest complaint from the game’s one mixed review (7/10) is that needing keys to open doors is silly when you have guns. I doubt that will deter anyone from enjoying it.
Last month we reported on an Xbox One listing for “Resident Evil 21-Shot Demo.” At the time Capcom gave no official comment, but that changed today. Capcom has just officially confirmed the existence of the 1-Shot Demo, and they also revealed that it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam this Friday, January 11th.
The demo stars Leon Kennedy in the Raccoon City Police Department, which has been overrun by zombies. Players will have just 30 minutes to play as much as they can. You can keep going if you die (or if you complete the objective you’re given), but the timer is always ticking. At the end of the demo, players will get to see an exclusive new trailer. The demo will be available to download from January 11th through the 31st.
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Thirty minutes, one shot!
The Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” Demo is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Steam on January 11th!
We’re less than a month away now from the release of the Resident Evil 2 remake. Capcom has gloriously recreated Raccoon City in HD (with new areas to explore), and the tank controls and fixed camera angles have been ditched for a more modern setup. Additionally, Capcom is making some subtle changes to the story, and it was recently revealed that these changes include a retooling of Leon’s backstory.
Leon’s campaign sees him showing up to the police station to find it mostly abandoned. In the original story, Leon showed up an entire day late for his first shift (missing a massacre) because he passed out drunk in a motel after going through a breakup. This information is never directly stated in the game, but it’s included in the official guide. In the remake, that story has been toned down quite a bit. It now reads:
“New officer Leon S. Kennedy was assigned to Raccoon City. Before going on duty, Kennedy was at home on standby, waiting for his orders. After no one contacted him and feeling something was off, Kennedy headed to the station. Days later, after arriving in Raccoon City, his life changed.”
It’s unclear why Capcom chose to swap Leon’s drunken backstory for a tamer one. You wouldn’t think a franchise like Resident Evil would need to censor out a reference to alcohol. Perhaps they simply forgot about the guide’s version of events?
We’re just over a month away from the launch of the Resident Evil 2 remake, but you might not have to wait that long to give the game a shot. Capcom has been steadily releasing screenshots, trailers, and gameplay videos, but so far there’s been no official announcement of a playable demo. That’s likely changing soon, as a demo listing has just been discovered on the Xbox Store.
According to True Achievements, the Xbox Store is getting a “Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo” on January 11th, and it will be available until January 31st. Players will have 30 minutes to explore the Raccoon Police Department. Here’s the full description:
“This specially tuned demo allows you to experience the newly reimagined Resident Evil 2, but be warned: whilst you can continue as many times as you like after dying, you’ll only have 30 MINUTES to complete the demo. Take in the horror atmosphere at your own pace, or make a desperate dash to solve all the puzzles Raccoon Police Department has to offer? The choice is yours! Originally released in 1998, Resident Evil 2, one of the most iconic games of all time, returns completely reimagined for next-gen consoles. – Play individual campaigns for both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield using an all new 3rd person view – Explore the zombie infested areas of Raccoon City, now stunningly re-built using Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine. – New puzzles, storylines and areas Note: This demo is available until 1/31/2019. You must be signed in and have an active internet connection to play.”
So far there’s no official confirmation from Capcom regarding this demo, and there’s no word of a PlayStation 4 or PC demo, but it’s unlikely that the demo would be Xbox-exclusive. Sony has always had a strong relationship with Capcom when it comes to Resident Evil.
In one month and five days, Capcom will launch the new and improved Resident Evil 2, reviving the survival-horror classic for a whole new generation. With vastly overhauled graphics and controls, revised story elements, and new areas to explore, it’s sure to be a fresh adventure. Ahead of its release, Capcom has been trickling out new gameplay videos, and today we have one showing off Ada Wong and a confrontation with Annette Birkin.
We’re just one month and three weeks away from the launch of the Resident Evil 2 remake, and Capcom is cranking up the hype! They’ve yet to announce the playable demo that fans so desperately crave, but in its absence they’re releasing a steady stream of exciting and horrifying new footage. Today we have over half an hour of new gameplay featuring Ada Wong, the terrifying Tyrant, and more.
One of Capcom’s most beloved survival-horror classics will soon be given new life for modern audiences. The new and improved Resident Evil 2 will feature much of the Raccoon City adventure that you know and love (and fear), but with a new camera and control style, drastically improved graphics, and some story tweaks. On top of that, it seems Raccoon City has grown in the past 20 years.
While past footage and screenshots have shown off familiar areas like the Raccoon City Police Department, the latest screenshot reveals something brand new. This generation’s Resident Evil 2 will feature a larger Raccoon City than you remember, complete with original locations. Capcom gave us a taste of what we can expect today by revealing the all-new Orphanage area. What secrets does it hold? We’ll find out when the game launches on January 25th!
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Raccoon City is larger than you may remember it to be…
Capcom’s classic survival-horror game Resident Evil 2 will soon be reborn in the beautiful new RE Engine, giving fans old and new alike the chance to experience the terrors of Raccoon City in HD. You can get your hands on the Resident Evil 2 remake on January 25, 2019, but in the meantime, PlayStation Underground has just uploaded fifteen minutes of new gameplay footage featuring Claire, Sherry, and the dreaded Lickers.
In just three months, Resident Evil 2 will be reborn on modern hardware, giving fans old and new alike the chance to experience the horror of Raccoon City in HD. Whether you’re playing as Leon or Claire, you’ll be able to kill zombies in style thanks to an assortment of alternate costumes for the game’s various characters.
Capcom has been showing off these new looks in a series of videos, and they also recently highlighted the game’s “Noir filter,” which paints the whole game in black and white. The costumes and filter will be available as DLC, and they’re also part of the Deluxe Edition of the game, which retails for $69.99. The included Deluxe DLC Pack comes with:
“Elza Walker” costume for Claire
“Military” costume for Claire
“Noir” costume for Claire
“Noir” costume for Leon
“Arklay Sheriff” costume for Leon
“Albert Model Samurai Edge” handgun
“Retro Soundtrack Swap” option
The remake of Resident Evil 2 drops on January 25th. Until then, you can check out all the DLC goodies by clicking the videos below!
Capcom gave the long-running Resident Evil franchise something of a fresh start with the back-to-roots survival-horror gameplay of Resident Evil VII, and the results were impressive. Now they’re taking VII‘s game engine and using it to revisit one of the most popular classic entries in the franchise: Resident Evil 2.
Video game graphics and control schemes have evolved significantly since Resident Evil 2 originally released, which means Capcom is tasked with striking the right balance between faithfulness to the source material and creating an experience for modern audiences. This is also true when it comes to the story, as modern hardware and software allow for more realistic character portrayals and cutscenes.
So how does Capcom plan to address all of this? Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda discussed this topic (and others) as part of Capcom’s Developer Interview series. Here are a few excerpts from his Q&A session:
Question: So could you tell me about some of the things you changed and some you kept?
Kanda: Even as we say that it’s completely re-imagined, of course we were conscious of maintaining the world and “play-feel” of the original. However, if you already know about all of the scary parts, it loses some of its impact, so when it comes to the horror aspects we’re changing some pieces from how they were in the original, while remaining faithful to the original motifs. For example, one of Resident Evil 2’s greatest charms is the feeling of exploration, so the layout of the police station has been changed from the original to maintain that experience.
Question: Are there any changes to the story?
Kanda: The overall plot remains the same, but we’ve rearranged some of the events that occur throughout the game, or tweaked things to make the game a bit easier to understand as a whole. We’ve also tried to deepen the narrative experience and the relationships between not only Leon and Claire, but all of the game’s characters, in order to increase the dramatic tension.
Question: Are there any things that you were unable to accomplish 20 years ago, but were able to include now thanks to new technologies?
Kanda: Well, when it comes to graphics, the RE Engine has allowed us to make a game with a much greater level of three-dimensionality and detail. For example, in the original game, the Lickers were introduced in an FMV cutscene in which they appeared on the ceiling, but when you fought them they only ever crawled along the floor. In this version you’ll face Lickers with 360-degree mobility, creating much more expansive battles overflowing with tension and the sense of really being in the thick of it.
It sounds like Capcom is putting a lot more effort into developing the story and characters this time around. They’ve also redesigned parts of the game world (and the monsters inside it) in order to keep players on their toes, even if they’ve mastered the original game. The Resident Evil 2 remake launches on January 25th, 2019. Hopefully, it’s just as well-received as its predecessor.
Capcom is just four months away from revitalizing one of their all-time greats for a modern audience. Resident Evil 2 will soon rise again, recreated in Resident Evil VII‘s RE Engine and featuring retooled gameplay, controls, and camera options. With Tokyo Game Show 2018 in full swing in Japan, Capcom has just dropped a new story trailer for the game, and you won’t want to miss it!
The new 2-minute trailer provides us a healthy dose of cutscenes and gameplay, expertly demonstrating the game’s survival horror vibe. It also introduces most of the story’s main players, including Claire Redfield, Sherry Birkin, Leon Kennedy, and Ada Wong. It may be an old, familiar story, but based on this trailer, Capcom’s doing a great job of making it fresh and exciting again.
One of the most hotly-anticipated games in the pipeline right now is Capcom’s new take on Resident Evil 2. The classic survival-horror game is being remade from the ground up with a new perspective in the Resident Evil VII engine, and early impressions are strong. Capcom will launch the remake early next year, and that could be just the beginning.
Capcom recently met with investors to discuss their financial results from the past quarter, and they also fielded questions about future projects. Capcom told investors that they expect the remake to be a million-seller, but more importantly, they see it as just one step in a larger strategy to utilize their existing library.
“This title is one of our major Consumer releases for this fiscal year, and accordingly we expect it to be in the “million-seller” class of titles. It was received very well at E3, and in order to tie this first success to actual sales we are working out our promotional strategy. Further, regarding remakes and re-releases of titles in our back catalog, we expect to explore these further with a variety of properties as a part of our strategy to utilize our library of IP.”
If the Resident Evil 2 Remake is a success, perhaps Capcom will look to the third game in the series next, or even the ever-popular Resident Evil 4. They also state they’re looking to apply this strategy to a “variety of properties,” which means other classic Capcom games could be in line for remakes as well.
Survival-horror classic Resident Evil 2 will see new life on modern platforms next year. Capcom’s beloved zombie game has been rebuilt with new graphics and more modern controls, and it looks to be a fantastic re-imagining of the original. Many Nintendo fans are hopeful that the remake will come to Switch, especially since Resident Evil VII is available on Switch in Japan.
Unfortunately, the chances of the highly-anticipated remake following suit aren’t looking good. Speaking with Gaming Bolt at E3, Capcom brand manager Mike Lunn indicated that Capcom isn’t looking at Switch for Resident Evil 2… at least for now.
“No, not at this time. We just wanted to focus on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the moment.” — Mike Lunn
During the development of Switch, Nintendo increased the system’s RAM at Capcom’s request. This additional RAM, Capcom said, would allow the RE engine to run on Nintendo’s hybrid console. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy to build the entire game on Switch. Resident Evil VII makes use of cloud processing to run on Switch in Japan, and it’s possible that the Resident Evil 2 remake could require the same. Still, Capcom hasn’t ruled out Switch completely.
After three years since it was first revealed and possible leaked details dropped last month, the Sony E3 conference gave viewers their first in-depth look at Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake with an extensive teaser trailer. See the return of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield pit against the biohazard uprising once more in Raccoon City above!
Capcom may be playing things close to the chest officially, but if a report from gaming site Rely on Horror is to believed, someone close to the project has been leaking details. According to their source, the Resident Evil 2 Remake will be built in the RE Engine (like Resident Evil VII), but will feature an over-the-shoulder perspective similar to Resident Evil 4 instead of a first-person perspective. It’s said that the camera will occasionally be “stylized” differently, but it’s not exactly clear what this means. Rely on Horror speculates that the game will alternate between an over-the-shoulder perspective and a fixed camera perspective similar to the game’s original view.
Like Resident Evil VII, the remake is said to use photogrammetry scanning for improved photorealism. The game is said to run at 30 frames per second with a 1080p resolution on PlayStation 4, while the Pro version runs at 60 frames per second with a dynamically scaling resolution that will at times reach 4K and at times come short. Rely on Horror’s source claims it will be the best-looking Capcom game made to date.
As for content, the game will include campaigns for both Leon and Claire, just like the original. These campaigns are said to be much longer than the original, with new areas and new content. Capcom apparently contacted former employees who had worked on Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 4 to recruit them to the development team for the remake.
As with all rumors, this is not confirmed information, so take it with a healthy dose of skepticism. All of this information sounds entirely plausible, but there’s nothing to back it up at this point. Rely on Horror’s source says Capcom may debut a trailer for the game at E3, but they have not confirmed any such plans. Hopefully we’ll have our answer soon.