After most of the official information on Resident Evil 2 was revealed, Capcom has stated that it does not want the title to be considered as a simple remake, since for them it goes further and they have worked to implement new elements, although without losing the essence of the original title. Recently, a couple of developers spoke on the subject and assured that more than a simple remake, Resident Evil 2 is a new installment of the series.
In an interview conducted by IGN in the framework of Tokyo Game Show 2018, Yoshiaki Hirabayashi and Tsuyoshi Kanda, producers of Resident Evil 2, assured that the title has the necessary elements to be considered as a new installment of the series.
Initially, Hirabayashi highlighted the work that has been done thanks to the use of the graphics engine of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and said that the experience gained has allowed them to capture high-quality elements in the next Resident Evil 2.
Subsequently, Kanda said that the new implementations and content that has been added in the title are enough to not be considered as a simple remake: “Raccoon City will have the same atmosphere, but details like when and where characters meet each other for the first time have been altered.”
Finally, Kanda said that although there will be major changes in Resident Evil 2, they have not altered the essence of the series and said they will not try to imitate the third-person western shooters: “The game is all about the Capcom and Resident Evil DNA – that’s what most important for us.”
Resident Evil 2 will release on January 25, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.