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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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Edited by Yummylee

@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.

They tried the same thing with RE6 as well, by coining it as ''Dramatic Horror''...

Posted by Stimpack

Well I already went back to it and beat it about a month ago, so I don't really have much of an interest. I'd rather they start making decent new Resident Evil games, but I guess that's unrealistic.

Posted by crow13

I think this series needs a Reboot not a Remake.

Posted by KoolAid

Man, the Resident Evil remake scared the shit out of me back in the day! The atmosphere made it seem so real. The dialogue on the other hand...

Posted by cannonballBAM

Cash grab.

Posted by mithical

I really, really liked the REmake of the first game on the gamecube.. but I bet that version is still pretty damn good. Almost certainly won't be getting this new one. Might be an overall good thing if it leads Capcom to focus on games similar to the first one though.

Posted by DasaKamov

Yeah, I always thought "Resident Evil" had a deeper, darker meaning -- like, "The evil that can lie just beneath humanity's facade". Of course, the video game series is nowhere near as profound as that. ;)

"Biohazard" is silly. When I think "Biohazard", I think "soiled medical scrubs" or "tiny house crammed with thirty cats".

Posted by porjos

This would be easier to swallow if there were one or two more games of the series remastered along with the 1st (like a RE0, RE1, & RE2 remastered bundle).

I'm not sure how resource intensive or expensive it is to remaster *old* games like this, but it certainly doesn't interest me to play a 2nd remake.

Posted by lowestformofwit

Maybe, JUST MAYBE, 2015 is going to be the year we see a Final Fantasy VII remake and Shenmue 3??? maybe?

Very pleased to hear this news today. Capcom, just take my money now...

Posted by agentboolen

so bored with the story of Resident Evil, how many game are we into it and it never has an ending. I would like them to end it and then if there going to give more games explore another story for gamers to get into. At this point there too many games in for younger gamers to ever care. Capcom is just beat'in a dead horse.... Actually the creators beating a dead horse would be scarier then making more games.

Posted by Hamst3r

I'm glad the RE Remake is finally coming out on PC, as I've always wanted to play the it. Really, this should have been released on PC a decade ago.

Posted by ollieg_94

Never played the original RE on account of being 3 when it came out, so looking forward to this.

Edited by BabyChooChoo

If this helps fund my Resident Evil dream game starring Ada, Claire, and Sheva then I'm down. Probably won't buy it, but I'm down. I think I would much prefer a Tomb Raider-style "drop everything and start over" reboot, but meh.

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Posted by EXTomar

Man, the last thing RE needs is trying to cram more characters into the origin story. :/

Posted by Usernameandemail

Is there an option for the original voice acting?

Glad to hear the game that gave us Zombie Diary is being treated with the reverence it deserves.

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Posted by Charlee_CoCo

@giantlizardking: I never said it wasn't a dumb name. I originally pointed out the fact that the "Resident" part of the game's title can still make sense. Also when did I comment on the game's quality, ie it being bad?

It just seems like you're saying a bunch of random things to deflect attention away from how dumb your original statement was.

Posted by DayOneAdvantage

Best RE games:

REmake

RE4

RE Code Veronica

RE2

RE

RE3

RE5

RE6

Didn't play the 3DS one, but even if it sucks, it's probably better than 6.

Posted by GiantLizardKing

@giantlizardking: I never said it wasn't a dumb name. I originally pointed out the fact that the "Resident" part of the game's title can still make sense. Also when did I comment on the game's quality, ie it being bad?

It just seems like you're saying a bunch of random things to deflect attention away from how dumb your original statement was.

Forgive me. I assumed the only reason you wouldn't see the obvious truth of "Resident Evil" being a house pun was because you thought I was insulting it. It turns out you're just bad at puns? I don't know. Anyway, Chris Kramer, Senior Director of Communications and Community at Capcom US, said the exact same thing I'm claiming so I don't see why my original statement is dumb.

Posted by LunaCantabile

@gunder: Mostly because it was tuned to specifically fuck with people who know the PS1 game inside out. Still, I'm annoyed that capcom pissed all over it originally and chewed mikami out for it not selling as much as their (typically) overinflated projections, and then they decide to steadily milk that version by continually re-releasing it because it's a steady earner.

Also I object to the article title implying that they're doing a fresh remake instead of just updating the existing remake.

Edited by Fuzzy_Dunlop

Played through it multiple times already, seen it running at a high resolution in dolphin, with nice anti-aliasing and many other bells and whistles. Can't say I'm particularly excited. But yeah, if this is just testing the waters for a RE2 remake, I'm all for that.

Posted by BoringK

Yep, the tank controls are now optional.

HERESY

Edited by Turbo_Toaster

The original RE is the only kind of tacky I will accept in this household.

However the GC remake was delicious and I really want to play it again someday.

Posted by SJSchmidt93

I mean, I'm super stoked for this and it is great news, but REmake still holds up great in my opinion. I would much rather see Resident Evil 2 being remade.

Edited by Wampa1

@yummylee: I kind of wish there was an easier way to play that DS enhanced version, since it was just a cleaner looking port of the PS1 game with the improved RE3 controls. The 2002 is pretty much entirely it's own game to me.

Posted by Marokai

I think this is neat news, but to me this just screams that someone inside Capcom really wanted to do an old-school Resident Evil, was told "No, dude, we're not putting the money in a project like that. Go touch up REmake instead and just release that." What other games are Capcom even working on at this point? I literally can't think of anything they're doing for the new consoles except Deep Down for the Ps4, and there's basically no news of when that's coming out over here, if at all. They're a huge developer/publisher currently doing damn-near nothing.

Posted by PimblyCharles

I'd much rather see them do a remaster for Resident Evil 2. Besides RE4, RE2 is the best in the series.

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Posted by ptys

Ah Capcom when will you stop spoiling your franchises with over-saturation. Remake 2, what we wanted was a remake of 2! I own the Gamcube version of this and its still fine.

Posted by AngeTheDude

I hope they do a good job with the controls. 5 was the first RE game I played to completion and it was a blast.

Posted by Shaunage

Can we get some Resident Evil 2 up in here? There are other games, Capcom.

Posted by paulunga

This isn't another remake, this is an up-res of the Gamecube version. Besides, I would blame them for returning to that particular well. If they're going to remake an old game, why not do a proper update of Resident Evil 2 or 3? I'd love to see those with some modern high-res graphics.

Posted by Stonyman65

I loved the REmake so I'm down for this. I agree that this is just a test run for an upcoming Resident Evil 2 (and hopefully 3) remake. I mean, that's the goal, right? How could they not be doing that?

Posted by friendlypossum

@gunder said:

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

Exactly why this one doesnt need to exist. Why couldn't they have either (a) given us a new game, or (b) given the gamecube treatment to RE2 or Nemesis. I love RE but it hit peak greatness on GameCube.

Edited by Fairbrethees

I have never played through RE1. I could buy the wii version and output it at 480p. This would cost under £5.

What would have been interesting is a RE/RE4 mashup. Same mansion, same game, just drop the camera behind the shoulder, add RE4's excellent inventory management and take my money you toupée wearing mother fuckas.

Posted by Rebel_Scum

Can't say I blame them. They never made a resident evil game better than the first. It just worked better in terms of tension and atmosphere. Being stuck in a mansion, can't go outside, lost your buddy and finding mysterious clues about the strange former occupants of the mansion.

"Wow, what a mansion!"

Posted by falserelic

I hope they add in the knife mechanic like the Resident Evil DS version. Where you can pull your knife out in game without going into your inventory, it would be nice.

Posted by Yummylee

@gunder said:

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

Exactly why this one doesnt need to exist. Why couldn't they have either (a) given us a new game, or (b) given the gamecube treatment to RE2 or Nemesis. I love RE but it hit peak greatness on GameCube.

Because re-releasing remake on new consoles with some added bells and whistles is much easier and quicker than developing a whole new game, or attempting to HD-ify a PS1 game.

They probably are in fact currently developing a new RE game anyway. This remake port (along with the RE4 port earlier this year) like I mentioned before is likely so they can attempt to remind people of the golden age of Resident Evil after the shitshow that was 2012. A way to try and re-imbue a little more confidence in the brand after RE6 in particular destroyed it.

Posted by mefipulate

You were almost a Jill sandwich!

Posted by friendlypossum

@yummylee:

But nothing has changed has it? I mean look at the port of the GameCube version onto the Wii, that and this version look almost identical. Whats the point? We are now being asked to buy the same product for a 3rd time.

I get that this is cheaper than making a new game...but why spend money on this at all? Why not just pool all funds into actually making a new good game? Maybe I'm on the outside with this, you and other can obviously see some merit in this and I can respect that opinion but re releasing a remake of a game for a 3rd time doesn't imbue confidence in the brand for me, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Edited by Brodehouse

REMAKE.

REMASTERED.

REMONEY.

This is your weekly reminder that The Evil Within literally means 'resident evil'.

Edited by Yummylee

@friendlypossum: For starters, it gets it out there for much more people to play. Having it exclusive to only Gamecube and Wii stranded it from a much larger audience; it's the reason why its Gamecube version in particular sold so poorly, least from Mikami's perspective. Also, this is Capcom. It's basically their MO to be constantly releasing their games on every system. You think this is bad? Consider how many times RE4 has been ported over the years.

Finally, I doubt this is going to look exactly like the Wii version. It's hard to tell just how much better it'll look overall from the previous SD versions, and I'd rather wait to see it in action for myself -- it will at the very least have better detailed character models. Plus, the addition of a new modern analogue control scheme is kind of a big deal and may help a lot of people be able to more comfortably play the game. I myself have no problem with tank controls, though I still think it's an appreciative gesture to give players a little more choice.

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@brodehouse said:

REMAKE.

REMASTERED.

REMONEY.

This is your weekly reminder that The Evil Within literally means 'resident evil'.

Reh Revil Rithin!

Posted by Captiosus

This smells like desperation. Sorry if that offends Resident Evil fans or Capcom fans but given Capcom's continued slide into irrelevance, this "news" doesn't seem like anything more than a cash grab targeted at nostalgia goggle wearing people.

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@captiosus said:

This smells like desperation. Sorry if that offends Resident Evil fans or Capcom fans but given Capcom's continued slide into irrelevance, this "news" doesn't seem like anything more than a cash grab targeted at nostalgia goggle wearing people.

That's exactly what this is. I mean, it's pretty obvious really.

EDIT: But at the same time, you could say that about most HD re-releases, especially the second part I bolded.

Posted by Rongaryen

@ikabubu: If they were going to reboot the franchise, they wouldn't be re-mastering the gamecube remake of the original. They would just start from the ground up.

I remember this game being harder than the original because the zombies would become feral after a while if you didn't decapitate or burn them so I never beat it because of that. I do hope this does well and they do a remastering of RE0 because that game was pretty good too.

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@yummylee said:

@friendlypossum: For starters, it gets it out there for much more people to play. Having it exclusive to only Gamecube and Wii stranded it from a much larger audience; it's the reason why its Gamecube version in particular sold so poorly, least from Mikami's perspective. Also, this is Capcom. It's basically their MO to be constantly releasing their games on every system. You think this is bad? Consider how many times RE4 has been ported over the years.

Finally, I doubt this is going to look exactly like the Wii version. It's hard to tell just how much better it'll look overall from the previous SD versions, and I'd rather wait to see it in action for myself -- it will at the very least have better detailed character models. Plus, the addition of a new modern analogue control scheme is kind of a big deal and may help a lot of people be able to more comfortably play the game. I myself have no problem with tank controls, though I still think it's an appreciative gesture to give players a little more choice.

Good point. Part of the scare factor was due to tank controls though. I hope most people use them.

Posted by development

It's pretty interesting to think that control schemes have improved so much that they're adding in a new one.

Tank controls or get out of my life

Posted by TyCobb

Always be tankin'! Bugged the hell out of me (and still does) that they made RE4 the way they did. Granted it was a great game, but it was the downfall of the series.

Posted by Lazyaza

@def said:

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

A port is when a game is taken from one platform to another with almost no changes whatsoever beyond resolution. That's not what this is. They're adding control options, screen ratio options (which means rendering more on screen than was previously possible) and updating the graphics which means using higher resolution versions of the background renders and higher poly higher res versions of the character and prop models. So no not a simple port, quite an extensive update actually.

Posted by Yummylee

@lazyaza said:

@def said:

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

A port is when a game is taken from one platform to another with almost no changes whatsoever beyond resolution. That's not what this is. They're adding control options, screen ratio options (which means rendering more on screen than was previously possible) and updating the graphics which means using higher resolution versions of the background renders and higher poly higher res versions of the character and prop models. So no not a simple port, quite an extensive update actually.

Saying that Capcom are ''remaking'' it again still seems like a bit of a stretch, though. Also, @patrickklepek, you filed this under the wrong Resident Evil page!

Edited by Lazlow

Oh man! Way more excited for this than I probably should be! I pretty much bought my GC for this game back in the day so it's great more people will have the opportunity to go back and play this.

Hopefully this sets a precedent for Capcom going back to do stuff with the older games in the franchise. People always talk about wanting to see RE2 get remade but I'd personally prefer RE3 if it was a choice between the two.

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