In a move that both shocks and pleases the gaming world (hopefully there’s universal praise for this move), Capcom has announced via press release that Resident Evil (the one that was a Gamecube re-imagining of Resident Evil for the PlayStation) will receive an HD remaster. It is heading for PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 in Early 2015. The release notes that it is a digital download, so plans for a physical release are unknown at this time.
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Why is Capcom doing a remaster when they could be making new Resident Evil games, you ask? Firstly, the Resident Evil entries from 2006-on (post-Resident Evil 4) have been decidedly bad iterations of a series entry (with the exception of Revelaitons). Resident Evil 6, the most recent of the mainline numbered games, almost entirely took out the survival horror aspects of the game to make it more like a horror action shooter. However, instead of making a Dead Space-type game, they just traded in the heart of the series to chase their former glory in a new light.
However, by bringing Resident Evil back, Capcom is bringing back the traditional trappings that the series is renown for to an entirely new generation. Remember, it will be 13 years since the release of Resident Evil: Zero and this HD Remaster, meaning that younger gamers won’t remember a time when playing a Resident Evil game meant conserving ammo, dodging zombies in a narrow hallway, having to find items and solve puzzles in 3 main central travel hubs. Plus, with the pre-rendered background art making a trip to 7th and 8th-generation consoles, Resident Evil will look better than ever.
The Resident EvilHD Remaster will be released on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in Early 2015.
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