Capcom’s upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2 will update the classic game with more than just modern visuals. The entire story will still be told through the separate perspectives of Leon and Claire, but instead of four interconnected plots, there will only be two.
In an interview with Rely on Horror, producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi explained the story will be “two campaigns that still show all the events of each character’s story rather than have it all split up.” The story in the original 1998 Resident Evil 2 was spliced into four scenarios—Leon A/Claire B and Claire A/Leon B—which meant players were required to play through the game twice to look for the slight differences between them.
“We still want to replicate that feeling of seeing two sides of the same story through both character’s perspective in their own way,” Hirabayashi said. “So for that reason, we have a Leon campaign and a Claire campaign, they’re separate, and you can choose which one you want to play first.” Due to this more streamlined approach to the narrative, he also said the events players are familiar with from the original will be “meshed together” into these two new full campaigns.
While the storytelling will be taking a more modern approach, the producer confirmed the atmosphere and gameplay would be closer to the original by avoiding the more action-oriented format of later Resident Evil titles. “Resident Evil 4 and that sort of middle series of games had more of an action/set piece focus where you’re always moving forward almost like a rollercoaster ride,” he said. “That’s not what this title is, always from the start we wanted to keep it about exploration, backtracking, Metroidvania style of gameplay with stages you can come and go in.”
Apart from the updated visuals for the modern era, the 2019 Resident Evil 2 will implement a fluid third-person over-the-shoulder camera, similar to the one seen in Resident Evil 4. Thankfully, this departure from the original release’s fixed camera angles doesn’t seem to dampen the horror. Our hands-on demo of the upcoming title made us feel the updates might make it one of the best remakes ever.
Resident Evil 2 will launch for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 25th, 2019.
Source: Rely on Horror