The HD remake of the original Resident Evil that was announced this year is apparently wrapping development very soon. Capcom has released some new gameplay footage showing the remake in action, confirming that the game will launch very soon, on January 20th, 2015.
Informally dubbed by fans as both Resident Evil HD and Resident Evil 2015, the HD remake of Resident Evil remodels the series’ original game in gorgeous new HD resolution, and 60 fps animation. The game originally released as a high-profile exclusive for the original PlayStation in 1996, which was improved with a Director’s Cut in 1997, and another subsequent edition that supported Sony’s then-new Dual Shock controller in 1998. A PC version of the original game was also made available in 1997, along with a Sega Saturn version, with the original PlayStation version also now being available to download from the PlayStation Store for play on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita.
Since then, Resident Evil has been remade twice before, exclusively for Nintendo. The first Resident Evil remake came in 2002 with the highly well-received GameCube-exclusive remake of the same name (which was ported to Wii a few years back), and the second in 2006 as Resident Evil: Deadly Silence, where it was made portable on the Nintendo DS.
Resident Evil sees the law enforcement agents of S.T.A.R.S. (Special Tactics and Rescue Squad) dispatched to and later trapped within Spencer Mansion, a sinister place that has become infested with zombies and mutants, after some unknown viral outbreak. The game offers dual perspectives, with separate storylines depending on whether the player wants to control Chris Redfield, or Jill Valentine. The 2015 HD remake will maintain this mechanic, though it will refine and smooth out the adventure, beyond just visually updating it.
Resident Evil will release in its latest HD form, for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Just less than a month later, Capcom will also be releasing the latest entry in the series, episodic sequel, Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which will come to the same platforms, starting on February 17th-18th next year.
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