The original Resident Evil was remade with fresh graphics in 2002. That game, according to Capcom, is being remade all over again for release in early 2015.
So, right, a remake of a remake. This isn’t the original Resident Evil done up, it’s a remake of the remake that was released roughly 12 years ago. Look, don’t try to think about it too much. Here’s how the press release susses all of that out.
Originally released in 1996, Resident Evil was then “remade” in 2002 from the ground up with new visuals, gameplay elements, environments and story details while retaining the survival horror atmosphere the series had become synonymous for. Both fans of the franchise who want a trip down memory lane and those who have yet to experience the game that coined the term survival horror for the gaming world will appreciate this definitive re-visit of that iconic 2002 Resident Evil title.
What’s really interesting, though, is the inclusion of aging mechanics and looks as gameplay features. You can switch between the modern 16:9 ratio and the original 4:3 look at any time, if that’s your fancy. You can also toggle between the ancient, original controls and more modern ones whenever you want.
That’s kind of cool, especially if you’ve never experienced the dreaded tank controls of that era.
The remake will launch early next year for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and, thankfully, the PC. No Wii U version was included in the announcement, unfortunately.