We’ve been waiting some time for news on the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake, and we may have gotten it in the form of a leak. The only trouble is, people aren’t thrilled about what the self-proclaimed leaker had to say.
As with any leak, the legitimacy of the information needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Given that the source is an 4chan post, now deleted, there’s almost nothing verifiable about the source of this information. Still the details of the purported leak have caused such an uproar that they’re worth discussing.
Among the alleged changes to the original game, the most glaring update is a move to an over-the-shoulder camera. The original RE 2 followed suit with the first game’s fixed camera layout, making each area into a piece of art that the characters navigated. While the Resident Evil remake kept this same system, it seems the RE2 remake will be taking the more modern camera approach, made popular in the series with Resident Evil 4.
Die-hard fans of the pre-RE4 era have been bristling at the idea of over-the-shoulder camera, even harassing the original game’s director on Twitter. However, it’s important to note that a 2015 fan remake of the game, called Resident Evil 2 Reborn, also planned to use an RE4-stlye perspective. The change was, by and large, warmly received by fans—that is, until Capcom had its lawyers shut down the project to make way for its own remake. It’s reasonable the development team didn’t think fans would have an adverse reaction to camera perspective after seeing it welcomed by the community in Reborn.
While many of the other alleged changes are small, like the removal of the crocodile jump scare and post-game unlockable the 4th Survivor, there are a few additions that could make the remake a winner. According to the post, the brief gameplay moments with secret agent Ada Wong could get expanded into its own separate chapter. She’ll even get a new set of weapons to use, much like her presence in Resident Evil 4‘s Mercenaries mode.
One of the original’s more frustrating moments was the short mission where players had to use the young Sherry Birkin. It was mainly a run and dodge segment, but with the tank controls, it could prove to be a harrowing experience. It seems the remake might give her abilities to defend herself, much like Natalia in Resident Evil Revelations 2, which should keep the difficulty from ramping up out of the blue. Along with this, though, it seems the four story arcs that were available in the original will be cut down to two, likely to fit in longer Sherry and Ada segments.
Other goodies are mentioned, too, like Easter eggs referencing the first Resident Evil, new unlockable costumes, plans for DLC, and a possible late 2018 release window.
Still, it’s worth noting again, that this info is far from confirmed. Until we hear something legitimate from Capcom that proves or disproves the claims in the post, they should probably be treated with a reasonable level of suspicion, given its origin and the fact that it’s since been deleted.
As to when that official word will arrive, it’s anyone’s guess. Capcom has, however, given fans some reason to put on their tinfoil hats recently in anticipation of some kind of announcement. After several odd changes to the Resident Evil social media accounts, the survival horror community had expected some sort of news on the future of the franchise, with an official release date for the Resident Evil 2 remake seen as likely. Sadly, the 20th anniversary of the original game’s launch has come and gone, and Capcom has stayed silent.
Source: Game Rant