The HD remastering of our gaming memories continues as Capcom today announced a remake of its seminal survival-horror title Resident Evil, coming in early 2015.
Capcom is basing this new Resident Evil on the 2002 GameCube-exclusive version, which was itself a major reworking of the original PlayStation release from 1996. So, it’s essentially a remake of a remake, albeit a very good one.
Capcom will release the game digitally on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, and the press release promises that “game resolutions and textures have been significantly upgraded, including 1080p support on next-gen consoles.”
There is no word on a release for Nintendo’s Wii U console.
Capcom is promising a major overhaul of the 2002 version of Resident Evil, already considered a classic installment in the popular series. Perhaps most significantly, two control options are available this time around: The original “tank” control scheme, which sees your character rotate on the spot and move forward and backward, and an alternative scheme where the character moves directly in the direction of the analogue stick.
The sound has also been fully remastered with 5.1 surround support, and players can choose to play in either the classic 4:3 ratio or a 16:9 widescreen mode.
If you haven’t yet played the 2002 remake of Resident Evil, you’re in for treat as it was a genuinely scary reworking of the original. In fact, 2002 was a pretty good year for GameCube owners as they also got the exclusive — and, in my opinion, highly underrated — Resident Evil Zero as well. Maybe that will be the next in the series to get a digital upgrade.
You can check out a gallery of screens from the upcoming Resident Evil remake below.