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Resident Evil 2 Remake: Everything we know so far

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If you haven’t been paying any attention to some recent rumours, then the Resident Evil 2 Remake reveal during the PlayStation E3 Press Conference might have come as a big surprise. As a long-time Resident Evil fan, it is one of my favourite announcement from the show as I simply can’t wait to jump back into the boots of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield.

It’s been 20 years since Capcom first introduced us to these two, who have become iconic characters in the Resident Evil franchise. Now that the game has been revealed, Resident Evil fans won’t even have to wait that long for the Resident Evil 2 Remake, as the game will be releasing on PS4, Xbox One and PC on 25 January 2019, so mark those calendars.

During the announcement, we saw two trailers for the game, which you can check out at the bottom of this article. Since this morning, Capcom has shared more details about the game and the lucky ones at E3 right now will also be able to play a demo.  

There are also a bunch of new screenshots, which you can view throughout this article. A description of the game reads:

"In Resident Evil 2, the classic action, tense exploration, and puzzle solving gameplay that defined the Resident Evil series returns. Players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City that transformed its population into deadly zombies.

Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspectives. The fate of these two fan-favorite characters is in players hands as they work together to survive and get to the bottom of what is behind the terrifying attack on the city. Will they make it out alive?"

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The biggest thing from the description is that both Claire and Leon will have their own separate playable campaigns and it was also revealed that the game was rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience.

Capcom’s Yoshiaki Hirabayashi explains:

The press and fan reaction to Resident Evil 2 when we said ‘We Do It’ in 2015 has been overwhelming. We’ve been very eager to unveil the new game to the world this week. We want fans to see the reimagining of Resident Evil 2 not only captures the magic of the beloved original, but also expands it to deliver a richer experience."

The first look at E3 is just a taste of what’s to come The game looks beautiful and Capcom is going for unprecedented levels of immersion akin to that of Resident Evil 7. The Resident Evil 2 Remake will, of course, be powered by the RE Engine with a new “photorealistic style” as characters will appear sharper than ever and the hordes of zombies have been brought to life with a “horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect”.

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The best thing about the engine is that Zombies will react in real time as they take damage and you will see that damage on their bodies. The game also features stunning lighting that will make players feel as if they are in the shoes of the two protagonists. This all sounds like a Resident Evil fan’s dream come true.      

Resident Evil 2 Remake Key Features

A spine-chilling reimagining of a horror classic – Based on the original PlayStation console release in 1998, the new game has been completely rebuilt from the ground up for a deeper narrative experience.

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A whole new perspective – New over-the-shoulder camera mode and modernized control scheme creates a more modern take on the survival horror experience and offers players a trip down memory lane with the original gameplay modes from the 1998 release.

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Terrifyingly realistic visuals – Built on Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine, Resident Evil 2 delivers breathtakingly photorealistic visuals in 4K whilst stunning lighting creates an up-close, intense and atmospheric experience as players roam the corridors of the Raccoon City Police Department.

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Face the grotesque hordes – Zombies are brought to life with a horrifyingly realistic wet gore effect as they react in real time taking instant visible damage, making every bullet count.

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Iconic series defining gameplay – Engage in frenzied combat with enemies, explore dark menacing corridors, solve puzzles to access areas and collect and use items discovered around the environment in a terrifying constant fight for survival.

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See favorite characters in a whole new light – Join rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy on his first day in the job and college student Claire Redfield, who is searching for her brother amidst a terrifying zombie epidemic.

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Step into the rookie shoes of both heroes – Enjoy separately playable campaigns for both Leon and Claire, allowing players to see the story from both characters’ perspective.

Feast your eyes on more screenshots

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Two Resident Evil 2 Remake

Trailers The game looks fantastic in the screenshots but in motion, it looks even better and you can just how powerful the RE Engine is and what it is capable of.

What do you think about the Resident Evil 2 Remake so far and are you a fan of the franchise? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Press Release

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