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Resident Evil 2 Remake is being rebuilt "from the ground up"

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Resident Evil 2 Reborn

The announcement in August that Resident Evil 2 is being remade was met with much happiness (and a small amount of cynicism about the desire for remakes over original material), but the utter lack of specifics left a lot of questions unanswered. Calling it a remake "suggests an involved update," as we noted, but the "remastered" Resident Evil that came out in January was more akin to a fresh coat of paint on an old game than a complete redo.

The situation was not made clearer when, according to PlayStation Trophies, Capcom said in its second-quarter financial summary that it is developing a "remastered version of Resident Evil 2." To address the confusion, Capcom Senior Marketing Director Stuart Turner took to Twitter to clarify that Resident Evil 2 is in fact being completely remade.

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Capcom also appears to have reworded its financial brief, as it now explicitly states, "We have also decided to create a full remake version of Resident Evil 2." Unfortunately, the document says nothing else about it, so we still don't know when we can expect it, or even if it will arrive on the PC—although given that the Resident Evil 0 HD Remaster is coming our way (it's on Steam now), I'll be very surprised if RE2 doesn't get the mouse-and-keyboard treatment too.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.