Capcom has released five minutes of gameplay from the Resident Evil 2 remake; in 4K, no less. Just based on the video, it seems that the remake is going to be a fundamentally different game from the original, more similar to installments four through six.
Resident Evil 2 is a landmark title, both in survival horror and gaming history in general. It set the example for many titles from the same genre, all of which tried to emulate the formula of RE 2 with different degrees of success. Over time, the series has evolved. Many of the titles got remasters on various consoles of the time. However, the new version of Resident Evil 2 takes it a step further, into full remake territory. Comparatively speaking, there’s very little left from the original version. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the remake is going to be inferior in any way, quite the contrary.
So, what can we surmise from the gameplay video that Capcom released, which you can check out below. Well, to me it seems like a completely different game. Yes, the visuals are so much better-looking, and the voice acting no longer sounds like interns at gun point. But those are not even close the most major of changes. The biggest difference to me is that the camera is now in third-person over-the-shoulder, like it is in the later installments of the franchise. That’s a huge deal. The original Rezzie 2 relied on fixed camera angles to provide the scares and tension; moving to a third-person perspective would undercut most of it. But, based on the video, they’ve reworked the game in such a way that would scare you in a different way.
Judging by the video, it would seem that the game is a bit more action-oriented. That could just due to how Capcom constructed the footage, though, and it does look a little constructed. The game still doesn’t feature a HUD, so you have to pay attention to everything on your own. As for the survival aspect of the survival horror, we don’t get to see that. We see the protagonist, Leon, using ammo pretty liberally. He does start booking it at one point, though, so ammo conservation might still be a major part of the game. I guess we’ll have to wait until the game launches to find out for sure. The Resident Evil 2 remake is coming out on January 25th next year, on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.