As if mid-January Mondays weren't difficult enough, I'm about to make you feel old. Resident Evil 2 celebrated its 20th anniversary yesterday, debuting on PlayStation consoles in the US on January 21, 1998. And while Leon and Claire and the trench coat-donning Mr X wouldn't arrive on PC for another year after that, I hardly feel comforted by the fact it's been 19 years since we first fumbled around the RCPD headquarters on Windows 95-powered desktops.
What is more reassuring, though, is original sequel director Hideki Kamiya's faith in the upcoming and much-anticipated remake. When asked via Twitter if he felt the team in charge of the RE2 remake would do the first game justice, Kamiya spoke positively about a conversation he had with the new game's director last year.
"I went drinking with him last year and told him 'Do as you like'," says Kamiya. "That's the way directors should do. I trust him and his team."
I went drinking with him last year & told him "Do as you like". That's the way directors should do. I trust him & his team ;) RT @GameEvilKnight: Do you think they will do your game justice ?January 21, 2018
Having previously described the remake's director as a friend, Kamiya went on to say it was unnecessary for any of the new team to seek advice from the original outfit—even if it's being built from the ground up.
It' not necessary. RT @RoboGuy2K: Even if you aren't officially involved, has anyone working on REmake 2 come to you for advice on it?January 21, 2018
While writing this story, I nipped onto YouTube and rewatched that first Licker encounter FMV sequence for old time's sake. Bloody hell, the thought of seeing that powered by a modern engine terrifies me.