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Capcom's Remaking Resident Evil Again

The survival horror classic is being tweaked for early 2015.

The original Resident Evil remains one of the greats, and Capcom's 2002 remake (affectionately referred to as REmake) was terrific. Capcom is returning to the well again, and it's one time where I can't blame them.

In early 2015, we'll be treated to yet another update of the franchise's origin story, and it's headed to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. More specifically, Capcom's updated the character models, backgrounds, and even the control scheme. Yep, the tank controls are now optional. Players can also switch between viewing the game in its original 4:3 visual format and a modern 16:9 widescreen look.

For a brief glance at what's coming next year, Capcom released the video below. Now, about Resident Evil 2...

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Posted by HammondofTexas

Eh hem, excuse me, don't they mean Biohazard.

Posted by Morningstar

Capcom needs money.

Edited by Yummylee

With all the recent ports for Revelations, RE4, and now the remake, Capcom are certainly doing their damndest to try and wash away the stink surrounding RE6. Not that I'm complaining, though it's unfortunate that they're not also 'remastering' RE0 along with the remake.

As for RE2, at this point I'd rather they steer clear of that one as they'd likely only fuck it up anyway. Maybe if they would compile all the content across the numerous ports into one ultimate package with some slightly enhanced graphics. But modern day Capcom attempting a complete remake sounds like a disaster.

Posted by Gunder

Cool. The GameCube remake of RE was the best remake of a game there's ever been.

Posted by GiantLizardKing

That's cool, since the game takes place in an actual residence again the title will finally make sense.

Posted by nasher27

I'm just thankful they're not remaking RE4 again

Posted by AndrewB

@hammondoftexas: It's kind of weird that the video was in Japanese but the Japanese title isn't being used...

Posted by Yummylee

Also, it's rather ironic how this doesn't appear to be coming to Wii U, given the game's long-lasting Nintendo console exclusivity.

Posted by DevOverkill

I don't know if this is real or just some Capcom supertroll. The REmake was an amazing game and this is fantastic news that's its being remastered, definitely picking this up when it comes out. Hopefully this proves successful for them and they decide that this type of survival horror is what people really want. I haven't been excited for a survival horror game in a long time, cautiously optimistic about The Evil Within, but this has me really anticipating early 2015 now.

Posted by DeF

Not a remake Patrick. Dear press, please stop calling ports remakes all the time. This is a port with some minor polish applied.

Edited by falserelic

Hazaa! My body wasn't ready for this news, but I'm all for it...all the way through it.

Posted by HammondofTexas

@andrewb said:

@hammondoftexas: It's kind of weird that the video was in Japanese but the Japanese title isn't being used...

YES! That is exactly why I brought it up!

Posted by Y2Ken

As someone that was a bit too young at the time to get into the original, I'm really looking forward to getting a chance to play through this myself. I've seen a few videos of the original game, but this presents a perfect opportunity to actually play it in a fashion that doesn't feel almost 20 years out of date at this point.

Edited by ikabubu

If they're re-releasing this remake, (oh God, is this really happening?), then that's some movement on the franchise.

That could mean a possible few things:

A) Capcom's become complacent enough to just rehash RE. (Hopefully not.)

B) Capcom is planning to do something with the franchise (possibly reboot), which is why they're catching us up.

Posted by TournamentOfHate

Jim Sterling called this just days before it was announced.

Posted by dezvous

Holy shit I am so excited one of the greatest games of all time. I am constantly talking about how good the REmake is. This is fantastic news! Remake the other ones now!

Edited by Jeust

Yeah it is great news. I hope RE 0 gets ported too. Personally I don't if I'm going to get them. I already have it on the Wii, although the quality is kind of crappy in an HDTV. hmmmm

Edited by EXTomar

I'm all for this if they want to refocus with a reset going forward with a new game. Get back to the "rescue team responding to a mayday is attacked by biological horrors!" idea instead of the silly cloak and dagger stuff it degenerated into.

Posted by HellknightLeon

I'm freaking happy. Yet... I would love RE2 way more.

Posted by Charlee_CoCo

@hammondoftexas: They did multiple takes. One for Western audiences, one for the Japanese audience where they say Biohazard. They know that not everybody in the US knows the game by it's US title. It also makes it seem more respectful for the Western audience to hear them say "Resident Evil" which was part of the reason they did it.

In other words they shot a single video for two audiences with some minor editing. Note the hard cut early on after they introduce themselves and stop saying Resident Evil.

@giantlizardking Any area that someone or something is living can be a residence, thus the name will always make sense. It doesn't have to be a traditional living environment like a house.

Edited by OriginalYellow

As someone who has played through REmake just about half a dozen times, this is all I could ever ask for in the series.

Posted by vikingdeath1

So wait... it's a re-master of a re-make?

I'm fine with that, it just.. sounds strange to say it out loud.

Edited by EsDeib

Been wanting this and RE 0 on HD for a really long while now. I'm definitely grabbing this as soon as possible.

Posted by GiantLizardKing

@hammondoftexas: They did multiple takes. One for Western audiences, one for the Japanese audience where they say Biohazard. They know that not everybody in the US knows the game by it's US title. It also makes it seem more respectful for the Western audience to hear them say "Resident Evil" which was part of the reason they did it.

In other words they shot a single video for two audiences with some minor editing. Note the hard cut early on after they introduce themselves and stop saying Resident Evil.

@giantlizardking Any area that someone or something is living can be a residence, thus the name will always make sense. It doesn't have to be a traditional living environment like a house.

The original name was clearly a play on words, as the game took place in a mansion. As early as the second game in the series, which tool place in a police station, it stopped being about evil in a residence and thus the title stopped making sense.

Posted by HammondofTexas

@charlee_coco: You make two good points, the Western Audience thing and the way the video is edited with all those jump cuts. I was initially just being silly too by the way :P

Posted by Linkster7

Am I the only one who thinks this is kinda superfluous? I'm kinda surprised about how positive people seem about this.

Posted by thellama042

@linkster7: Perhaps you just don't have the same nostalgia for the game, or simply didn't enjoy it as much as some people? Personally, I'm extremely excited for this. The first Resident Evil is one of my all-time favorite games, so I could not be happier that they're giving it a complete overhaul to bring it to the current generation of gamers & consoles.

Posted by Sammo21

Had they actually remade RE2 or RE3 then I'd be impressed, but they are mining the well for the 3rd time with the exact same game. Doesn't really surprise me with the state the company is in.

Posted by dhelfric

Really expected more of Patrick than just quickly skimming the press release and writing it up in a short article.

This is a "remaster" and barely a remaster at that. All signs point to a typical low effort port by Capcom.

Posted by JillSammich

So happy this is happening and pleasantly surprised at the positive response I've seen, not just here, but in other outlets as well.

Edited by AMyggen

@ikabubu said:

If they're re-releasing this remake, (oh God, is this really happening?), then that's some movement on the franchise.

That could mean a possible few things:

A) Capcom's become complacent enough to just rehash RE. (Hopefully not.)

B) Capcom is planning to do something with the franchise (possibly reboot), which is why they're catching us up.

Man, with the lineup of games Capcom has going forward, I think this is just Capcom needing something out there.

Posted by r3d_zombie

played it a while back on Dolphin, still an absolutely fantastic game. hopefully if it sells well (which it should) it'll push Capcom in the right direction for further RE games.

Posted by Jazz

hmmm..well I'll be cautiously hopeful. Shame it's cross generational but they need that cash.

Edited by Astroduck

I'm gonna buy this so hard, you don't even know.

Posted by spilledmilkfactory

You know, I never have played any of the early RE games. I might give this a shot, especially without tank controls. Hopefully this'll keep Capcom skirting the abyss a little longer, and maybe they can put out something cool later this generation. They were one of my favorite devs going into the last gen.

Posted by FeverChill

Just re-make it for the Oculus Rift, so you can guarantee a heart-attack for when those dogs jump out of the window

Posted by Fawkes

The original name was clearly a play on words, as the game took place in a mansion. As early as the second game in the series, which tool place in a police station, it stopped being about evil in a residence and thus the title stopped making sense.

THERE WAS A BED IN THE LAB WHERE CLAIRE GAVE SHERRY HER VEST, SOMEONE COULD HAVE BEEN RESIDING THERE

The name Resident Evil happened because there was a band called Biohazard. I wouldn't be surprised if the person who came up with the name Resident Evil had nothing to do with making the games.

Posted by Yummylee

@fawkes said:
@giantlizardking said:

The original name was clearly a play on words, as the game took place in a mansion. As early as the second game in the series, which tool place in a police station, it stopped being about evil in a residence and thus the title stopped making sense.

THERE WAS A BED IN THE LAB WHERE CLAIRE GAVE SHERRY HER VEST, SOMEONE COULD HAVE BEEN RESIDING THERE

The name Resident Evil happened because there was a band called Biohazard. I wouldn't be surprised if the person who came up with the name Resident Evil had nothing to do with making the games.

Yup. Mikami himself has openly spoken about how he thinks the name Resident Evil is ''stupid''. I don't mind it myself, as nonsensical as it may be. It's certainly more colourful than Biohazard.

Posted by RuthLoose

@gunder said:

Cool. The GameCube remake of RE was the best remake of a game there's ever been.

<sarcasm>

Insert joke about DOTA 2 being the best remake of a game there's ever been.

</sarcasm>

Edited by ArbitraryWater

I am totally willing to buy a slightly updated version of a game that came out in 2002 that in turn is a remake of one that came out in 1996. I might have a problem.

Posted by Yummylee

I am totally willing to buy a slightly updated version of a game that came out in 2002 that in turn is a remake of one that came out in 1996. I might have a problem.

Don't forget the 2006 'remaster' of the very original Resident Evil on DS, which is the version I remember you saying was the one you first played. Man, this game's certainly gotten around...

Although the remake is of course so different from the original that I consider it to be its own game.

Edited by AuthenticM

This is even barely a remaster. Capcom is just upscaling everything and applying filters and it looks like shit.

Here's the Wii port running on Dolphin:

Here's the "remaster":

Edited by Charlee_CoCo

@giantlizardking said:

@charlee_coco said:

@hammondoftexas: They did multiple takes. One for Western audiences, one for the Japanese audience where they say Biohazard. They know that not everybody in the US knows the game by it's US title. It also makes it seem more respectful for the Western audience to hear them say "Resident Evil" which was part of the reason they did it.

In other words they shot a single video for two audiences with some minor editing. Note the hard cut early on after they introduce themselves and stop saying Resident Evil.

@giantlizardking Any area that someone or something is living can be a residence, thus the name will always make sense. It doesn't have to be a traditional living environment like a house.

The original name was clearly a play on words, as the game took place in a mansion. As early as the second game in the series, which tool place in a police station, it stopped being about evil in a residence and thus the title stopped making sense.

No, it wasn't. You're just assuming that and stating it as if it were a fact when in fact it's complete BS.

The name "Resident Evil" was chosen because it could be applied to almost anything. It is not a literal reference to anything. I learned this back in 2008 at the first (named) Captivate event that Capcom held in Las Vegas.

"Resident Evil" was decided upon as a name because of series potential knowing that the phrase/term/title could be all inclusive for nearly anything.

@fawkes What you said is true. The title was a result of Capcom's US Marketing department at the time. Much in the same way that Capcom's Marketing Dept came up with the term "Survival/Horror" a genre that didn't exist. RE wasn't the first game of it's type however someone was very clever to come up with that term which eventually stuck and became a genre. Capcom thought they could make lightning strike twice when they tried to do the same with Devil May Cry years later calling it "Stylish Action Combat" (or something like that) but it never stuck.

Posted by GERALTITUDE

Awesome! I was just saying I wanted this to happen. Absolutely love the GC remake and would be more than happy to play it again.

Edited by guyver0

I thought they were remastering 6 not 1! But it's based off the gamecube remaster... odd.

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Posted by dvdwalker8

I might be interested in it. The tank controls always turned me off from it and other sequels so making it optional could be enough to get me to try it so long as the normal controls work well. I'll wait for the QL to decide much more.

Posted by RioStarwind

Tank controls may be optional but I'll be using them since that was the way it was meant to be played.

Posted by MrBubbles

I will buy this. I'm always down to play the first Resident evil again. Now if they could just do a remastering of 2...

Edited by GiantLizardKing

@charlee_coco said:

@giantlizardking said:

@charlee_coco said:

@hammondoftexas: They did multiple takes. One for Western audiences, one for the Japanese audience where they say Biohazard. They know that not everybody in the US knows the game by it's US title. It also makes it seem more respectful for the Western audience to hear them say "Resident Evil" which was part of the reason they did it.

In other words they shot a single video for two audiences with some minor editing. Note the hard cut early on after they introduce themselves and stop saying Resident Evil.

@giantlizardking Any area that someone or something is living can be a residence, thus the name will always make sense. It doesn't have to be a traditional living environment like a house.

The original name was clearly a play on words, as the game took place in a mansion. As early as the second game in the series, which tool place in a police station, it stopped being about evil in a residence and thus the title stopped making sense.

No, it wasn't. You're just assuming that and stating it as if it were a fact when in fact it's complete BS.

The name "Resident Evil" was chosen because it could be applied to almost anything. It is not a literal reference to anything. I learned this back in 2008 at the first (named) Captivate event that Capcom held in Las Vegas.

"Resident Evil" was decided upon as a name because of series potential knowing that the phrase/term/title could be all inclusive for nearly anything.

@fawkes What you said is true. The title was a result of Capcom's US Marketing department at the time. Much in the same way that Capcom's Marketing Dept came up with the term "Survival/Horror" a genre that didn't exist. RE wasn't the first game of it's type however someone was very clever to come up with that term which eventually stuck and became a genre. Capcom thought they could make lightning strike twice when they tried to do the same with Devil May Cry years later calling it "Stylish Action Combat" (or something like that) but it never stuck.

Oh sure, that totally doesn't sound like Capcom just trying to retcon their dumb name into making sense.

From the wiki

The series was originally called Biohazard in Japan but it was decided to change the name in the western market after Chris Kramer, the Director of Communications at Capcom, pointed out that it would be impossible to trademark "Biohazard" in the US. There was a DOS game and a Metal band bearing the same name, among other things. Capcom then held an internal contest within its company to find an alternative name and eventually settled on "Resident Evil." It was a clever pun since the original game took place in a mansion filled with evil monsters.

Kramer voted against the name, saying the title was "super-cheesy" but the rest of the marketing crew loved it and were ultimately able to convince Capcom Japan and Shinji Mikami that the name fit, even though in later years Mikami admitted that the American name was "stupid".

Just give it up, it's a dumb name. Lots of games have dumb names, that doesn't mean they are bad.

EDIT: wrong quote :/

Posted by The_Nubster

This is even barely a remaster. Capcom is just upscaling everything and applying filters and it looks like shit.

Here's the Wii port running on Dolphin:

Here's the "remaster":

None of the other shots looked anything like that shot. I just plain don't believe that the game is going to look like that.

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