Although Resident Evil may not have had a presence at E3 2017, rumors have suggested that a remake of Resident Evil 2 was in the works. Earlier this week, a series of comments made by producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi hinted that a remake Resident Evil 2 was in the works. Could we see the remake a lot sooner than the rumored 2018 late release?
During a conversation with the website ‘Collider’, producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi was asked if there were any upcoming projects that he’d like to tease? He responded saying, “The only thing I can tell you about is something that’s already known to the public; the Resident Evil 2 remake of the fan loved game will be out soon if Capcom has anything to do with it. Production of the project began back in August of 2015, but Capcom has yet to reveal additional information about the project. The only information that is currently known about the project is that Alyson Court, the voice of Claire Redfield, will not be reprising her role due to Capcom’s decision to go non-union.
During the interview, Hiroyuki Kobayashi was asked what it was like to work with the franchise for over twenty years.
‘Having been a programmer on the original game, what’s it like for you personally to see the franchise still evolving and thriving more than 20 years later?
Hiroyuki Kobayashi responded saying, “I feel that the game itself, from the get-go, there were so many great aspects of entertainment, including action and horror, and also the mysterious Umbrella, the puzzle part of the game. That was great. Now, every project—not just the games but also the films—every character who appeared in the games do age and has a history. It’s very personal.”
Although we did not see the reveal of the Resident Evil 2 remake at E3 2017, we might see the reveal later this summer at the Tokyo Game Show in September. If we had to guess at when the remake would release, we would speculate that the Resident Evil 2 remake will release sometime in January of 2018 to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Resident Evil 2. You can read more of the interview with Hiroyuki Kobayashi on Collider’s website. What other surprises does Capcom and Hiroyuki Kobayashi have for the Resident Evil (Biohazard) franchise within the coming years?