***Update 2 – 2015-08-30 -00:33 CEST***
In case you haven´t heard it yet, yes, it´s true. InvaderGames has closed down their Resident Evil 2 Reborn project. As the development team has been invited by Capcom to discuss further ideas for the official remake of Resident Evil 2. And this is what InvaderGames posted on neoGaf just recently:
First of all we want to thank all of you for the passion and the attachment that you have daily shown us. We’ll be always grateful.
Today we want to join us of a very special day for InvaderGames. After the official announcement of the Resident Evil 2 remake by Capcom, we officialise the end of the works on Resident Evil 2 Reborn.
Contrary to what might be thought, this is wonderful news for us and, as fans, we’re so happy that Capcom has decided to take the lead of the project and to develop the remake awaited for years by everybody (nobody could bring back to life the masterpiece of 1998 better than the creators themselves).
Meanwhile as developers, we’re honoured to announce that we’ve been officially invited to meet Capcom.
Capcom called us up in advance of the announcement and asked us if we would mind stopping the project as they had longer term plans for a Resident Evil 2 Remake. They have invited us to a meeting to discuss further ideas.
Even though we cannot complete the project of Resident Evil 2 Reborn, we’re happy that what we’ve shown has achieved consents from worldwide fans and especially has been noticed from Capcom itself. We promise that the work done until now will be useful for future projects, we won’t disappoint your and our expectations.
Thank you again for letting us to be where we are now in spite of the long way that remains to be walked through, we hope to focus soon on the biggest professional chance that we could get. Once more, we’re very grateful to Capcom for having noticed our work and having appreciated as much the love we feel about the Resident Evil saga as developing videogames. It’s very rare to find such a leader company in the industry so much open minded and sensitive to the work of a growing studio like ours, guided by passion and competence.
News available soon, stay tuned!” – Invadergames
So I guess that this means (“hopefully”) that Capcom and InvaderGames will find a way to make the best possible remake of Resident Evil 2 (since InvaderGames are hardcore RE2 fans). Think what you want about Capcom, but they made a really good move by calling in InvaderGames. Now we just have to wait and see how things will turn out in the end.
***Update 2 – 2015-08-25 -22:25 CEST***
I just knew that Capcom would announce a remake for Resident Evil 2. It was just a matter of time really, because the Resident Evil fans are very hungry for a RE2 Remake (RE2: 4th Survivor and RE2: Reborn project are the living proof of that). And on the 30th of July Capcom asked it´s RE community if they would like a remake of Resident Evil 2 (Capcom did that via Facebook). So Capcom´s official presentation of the RE2 Remake project came as no surprise to me, I´m very happy to hear it though. As i´ve been waiting a very long time for a official RE2 remake.
“We’re pleased to confirm that the Resident Evil 2 Remake Project has been officially approved!
Capcom’s Producer for the title, Yoshiaki Hirabyashi a.k.a. H, from R&D Division 1, commented: “It’s been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have pushed the project to get approved. The team here at Capcom Japan really appreciates fans’ passion and support and will do our best to bring fans what they really want.” – Capcom
And this is what Yoshiaki Hirabayashi (Producer at Capcom’s R&D Division 1, and the man in charge of the RE2 Remake project) had to say about Resident Evil 2 remake:
“You’ve been telling us for years that you want Resident Evil 2 to be remade, and we haven’t been able to make it happen…until now!” Hirabayashi said in Capcom’s “Special Message” announcement. “We at R&D Division 1 will do our best to take on your feedback and deliver the gameplay experience you’ve been waiting for.”
No specific release window or platforms were announced; however, it looks like the project may be quite a ways off, as Hirabayashi added: “It will be some time before we can bring you an update on this project.”
So, are you guys and girls excited for Resident Evil 2 Remake? If so, let us know what you think in the comment section down below!
***Update 1 – 2015-07-30 -18:50 CEST***
While everyone is waiting patiently for Capcom to release Resident Evil O HD Remaster (which is set for an early 2016 release to Windows, PS3, PS4, 360 and Xbox One), I just found out that Capcom is having plans on doing a Resident Evil 2 Remake. This became publicly known earlier today when Capcom posted the following on their Facebook page (the post has been removed from FB):
“Hello Resident Evil fans! This is Capcom R&D Division 1! First off, we would like to express our deepest appreciation to all Resident Evil fans, for your passion, enthusiasm and continued support for the Resident Evil brand,” says the post.
“Enthusiasm for a Resident Evil 2 Remake is something we’ve been hearing from you over the years, and has drawn some recent attention in the media. However, as the team owns the RE brand, we’re not certain how we feel about this approach, and would like to ask your honest and frank opinion about the “Resident Evil 2 Remake” and what the brand identity is supposed to be about?” – Capcom via Facebook
That´s great news of course, as the Resident Evil fans have been asking for a Resident Evil 2 remake for years. However, I don´t think that´s a coincidence that Capcom has brought this subject now though. It´s simply because the RE fans have started to create their own RE2 remakes. I mean, you got InvaderGames Resident Evil 2 Reborn project (which runs on Unreal Engine 4), then you got the Resident Evil 2: 4th Survivor -UDK project (I really enjoyed the gameplay video of RE2: 4th Survivor).
So those fan RE2 fan projects have put Capcom under a lot of pressure for sure (especially RE2: Reborn as it´s set for a release this summer), but at the end of the day. It doesn´t really matter how many RE2 remake projects, there is in the making. As there can only be ONE number one RE2 remake. In other words, it´s going to be Capcom´s Resident Evil 2 Remake Vs Resident Evil 2: Reborn Vs Resident Evil 2: 4th Survivor.
Anyhow, which Resident Evil 2 remake are you most excited for? Let us know in the comment section!
I remember when I bought Resident Evil Remake to the Gamecube back in 2002. I was so impressed by the game after just one hour of gameplay, that I decided to buy Resident Evil 2 and 3 for Gamecube with no hesitation. Because I thought that Capcom had done a total makeover of RE 2 and 3 as well. I wish that it would have been the case, but I was dead wrong. As the Gamecube version of RE2 and RE3 was nothing more than some bad ports of the Playstation version of RE2 and 3 (Capcom charged me/us full price for those games at that time). Anyhow, I (we) have been waiting a really long time for a “real” remake of Resident Evil 2 (as the original game got released in 1998).
Well, it seems like our prayers has been heard by InvaderGames. Since they have made an Unreal Engine 4 HD fan remake of RE2 (it´s called “Resident Evil 2 Reborn“). I have watched the two available alpha gameplay videos of RE2 Reborn, and I have to say that I´m really impressed by what I´ve seen so far. Speaking of which, this is what InvaderGames had to say about their gameplay video (s) for RE2 Reborn:
“Here We are! Finally the brand new gameplay trailer of Resident Evil 2 Reborn (non-profit game developed with Unreal Engine 4) is out. InvaderGames, italian indie software house, has improved the game with these new features:
– 3D models
– particles effects
– light system
– health system
– sound effects
and many more…
Enjoy and get ready for the PC Unreal Engine 4 Alpha FREE RELEASE this Summer. Tell us what you think about this trailer on our social and Youtube channel.
Thank you again!”
And yes, you read it right “a non-profit game”. So Resident Evil 2: Reborn will be released for free sometime this summer (for PC). So keep your eyes open for it? I would also recommend you to check out Resident Evil HD Remaster, and Resident Evil O HD Remaster as well.
Robin “V-Act” Ek
The Gaming Ground
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