Last week, Capcom polled its fanbase, looking to guage general interest in a remake of Resident Evil 2. Naturally, support for the game poured in from the Internet, and Resident Evil HD Remaster Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi used that to pitch the game to his superiors.
Following the meeting, he teased the fanbase on the official Resident Evil Facebook page, not revealing the results of his pitch.
“Hello RE fans! This is H [Hirabayashi] again! Right after the RE HD Remaster project was finished, I actually started putting together my ideas for this ‘RE2 Project’. So, I just brushed it up and went to see my boss to present the basic concept of the project already…”
My guess is that if Hirabayashi went public with his pitch like this, then it must have been successful. Now the big question is what do we get from a Resident Evil 2 remake? It’s possible that the game could be over-the-shoulder shooting like all the other recent games, but something tells me Hirabayashi wants to stay loyal to the source material.
Interviews with him from the Resident Evil HD Remaster paint him as such a guy. It’s very likely we’ll be seeing a remake in the vein of the popular GameCube remake for the first game. If that is the case, the question then evolves into how much money Capcom will throw at it.
The Resident Evil remake on GameCube is one of the finest looking and most atmospheric games of all time. It will be hard to capture that spirit if it is granted only a shoe-string budget like Resident Evil Revelations 2 had, and let’s not forget that many of the names behind that title have moved on from the company.
This will be a huge test to see if Capcom’s newest generation of developers are ready to get the company back up to its classic standards. I’m pumped and cheering for it to happen.
Great choice for Resident Evil 2, by the way. It is far and away the most popular of the early Resident Evil games, and it is most deserving of being free from the accursed tank controls. We’ll see what comes of Capcom’s decision in the coming year, no doubt.