Capcom’s popular survival horror series defined the genre when it was first introduced back in 1996. Now, they’re looking back at the roots of the series and breathing new life into old favorites.
Resident Evil 0 was originally released as a Nintendo Gamecube exclusive. Starring Rebecca Chambers, the S.T.A.R.S. Bravo team medic, it went into detail about what happened before the events of the first Resident Evil game. After their helicopter goes down while investigating grisly murders in the Arklay mountains, Rebecca finds herself teaming up with ex-military prisoner Billy Coen. It was a new gameplay style for the series, allowing the player to switch between Rebecca and Billy, but remaining a single player game. This would eventually evolve into the partner gameplay that encompasses Resident Evil 5. The detailed graphics from the Gamecube era are getting polished as Capcom readies to release the title in HD on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in 2016.
The most recent announcement from Capcom was the development of a fully remade Resident Evil 2. After the first title in the series was given a remake on the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002, fans of the series have been hoping the same treatment would be given to the sequel. Considered by many to be one of the strongest titles in the series, Resident Evil 2 introduced Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop, and Claire Redfield, younger sister of Chris Redfield from the previous game. Both come into Raccoon City at the wrong time, one to begin his new job with Raccoon City Police Department and the other to find her older brother. Like the original game, players could choose to play as either Leon or Claire with differing experiences. But unlike the first game, the story was vastly different after the characters get split up, providing much more depth than the original Resident Evil.
Since Resident Evil 2, Claire and Leon have returned in Resident Evil: Code Veronica, Resident Evil 4, Resident Evil 6, and Resident Evil: Revelations 2. But still fans asked Capcom to remake the classic, with some fans getting frustrated to the point of working on their own version called Resident Evil 2 Reborn. Since the announcement, the fan project has been cancelled.
No release date has been given to the Resident Evil 2 remake Capcom has in the works, and it still looks to be in the early stages of development. But it proves that with enough fans’ willing to voice their enthusiasm for a particular title, game developers may just listen – though it could take a few years. In the meantime, fans of the series finally have a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel as Capcom brings old-school survival horror back to life.