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?