Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 Remake announced: Here’s everything we know

Welcome to Raccoon City

Resident Evil 2 Remake was announced back in 2015. Today Capcom properly showcased the title with a trailer, some gameplay footage, and screenshots.

The first thing is the title. The English title doesn’t include the actual word “Remake” in its name and is simply called Resident Evil 2, while the Japanese release is called Biohazard RE:2.

Showcased at Sony’s press conference at E3, Resident Evil 2 is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25, 2019.

The game uses a third-person over-the-shoulder view like Resident Evil 4 and other games in the series. It lets you play as both Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield as you return to Raccoon City.

A young Claire Redfield in Resident Evil 2
A young Claire Redfield in Resident Evil 2

RE Engine

“While Resident Evil 2 was initially announced as a remake, there’s a lot more going on here than simply recreating the original game,” said Capcom USA in a blog post. “The powerful RE Engine that was used to bring Resident Evil 7 biohazard to terrifying life is also now powering Resident Evil 2. Rain-soaked streets are lit by the faintest street lights, highlighting the damp clothing and skin of the living and the undead alike, while the grotesque zombies that roam the roads and the moonlit corridors of the R.P.D. show disturbingly lifelike decay and rot on their bodies. Every detail about the city and its inhabitants has been rebuilt from the ground up with photorealistic graphics. Resident Evil has never looked better.”


The remake was initially announced two years ago by Capcom Producer Yoshiaki Hirabyashi. And a “major reason why this game exists is because of fan feedback worldwide,” said Capcom. “It simply wouldn’t have happened without all of you making your desires known […]”

Tofu and Fourth Survivor modes return

Capcom has confirmed the return of Tofu mode and Fourth Survivor mode. Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, a Producer attached to the game, confirmed this in an interview with Trusted Reviews.

“Of course! Yes!” said Hiarabayashi when asked whether the alternative modes would return. “Both the Fourth Survivor and Tofu modes will be included in the game.”

Tofu mode in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
Tofu mode in Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

To those not familiar with Tofu and Fourth Survivor mode, here’s what it’s about. In the original game, players could unlock the Tofu and Fourth Survivor modes after completing the campaign. Tofu mode lets you play as a giant Tofu armed with only a knife. In Fourth Survivor mode you play as HUNK. To unlock this mode, you had to complete the campaign with an A ranking.

Face models

Capcom’s RE Engine uses a technique called photogametry to include real objects in the game by scanning them from multiple angles. This new tech allows the developer to make photorealistic games with not only photorealistic objects but also people. One of the main characters, Leon Kennedy’s, face model’s name is Eduard Badaluta. He’s a model from Romania. He recently posted some behind-the-scenes photos of himself as Leon on Instagram where he confirmed his role in the game.

At the moment, we’re not sure who Claire Redfield’s face model is but we think it’s Moya Polk, another model from the same company.

The best looking game in the series

I think we can all agree that the remake of Resident Evil 2 is looking amazing. Definitely the best-looking game in the series so far. During E3, brand manager Mike Lunn told Gaming Bolt Resident Evil 2 will feature 4K 30fps mode and 60fps on PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.

Leon in the E3 demo of Resident Evil 2 Remake
Leon in the E3 demo of Resident Evil 2 Remake

Different versions of Resident Evil 2 Remake

When Resident Evil 2 is released in January 2019, it will be available in a Deluxe version which comes with the game and the extra DLC pack which includes:

-Leon Costume: “Arklay Sheriff”
-Leon Costume: “Noir”
-Claire Costume: “Military”
-Claire Costume: “Noir”
-Claire Costume: “Elza Walker”
-Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Albert Model”
-“Original Ver.” Soundtrack Swap

If you pre-order the standard edition, you get:
-Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Chris Model”
-Deluxe Weapon: “Samurai Edge – Jill Model”
-Resident Evil 2 / Biohazard Re:2 Wallpaper Pack

No Switch release planned

During an interview with Gaming Bolt, Capcom brand manager Mike Lunn revealed the developer is not planning to release the remake version of Resident Evil 2 for Nintendo Switch.

“No, not at this time. We just wanted to focus on PS4, Xbox One, and PC at the moment.” said Mike Lunn when asked if a Nintendo Switch version is possible down the line.

The latest title in the series to be released for Switch is Resident Evil 7 which can be played via cloud streaming. The Switch version is only available in Japan, with a Western release yet to be confirmed.

Resident Evil 2 will be released on January 25, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.