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Resident Evil 2’s remake is happening and it’s coming to PC

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Resident Evil 2 is getting an HD remake, and it’s coming out on January 25, 2019. Publisher Capcom confirms in a press release that it will be coming to PC. The news was announced at Sony’s E3 2018 conference with two grisly new trailers, both of which you can watch for yourself below.

A Resident Evil 2 HD remaster and/or remake has been in the works off-and-on for a while now, having first been announced in August 2015 before going dark for a couple of years. But clearly Capcom has not been idle during all that time, having rebuilt the original game from scratch in the modern RE Engine. The famous over-the-shoulder camera perspective is confirmed to return.

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The original Resident Evil 2 released in 1998 for the first PlayStation, and introduced such series favourites as rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield. The setting is Raccoon City, whose citizens have, as you could probably guess, been turned into ravenous zombies by a disastrous plague. Leon and Claire must work together to survive and uncover the cause of the outbreak.

“The press and fan reaction to Resident Evil 2 when we said ‘We Do It’ in 2015 has been overwhelming,” Capcom producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi says. “We want fans to see the reimagining of Resident Evil 2 not only captures the magic of the beloved original, but also expands it to deliver a richer experience. The first look at E3 is just a taste of what’s to come.”

A second trailer dropped not long after the first, which we caught and embedded below:

If you happen to be in attendance at E3 this year, you can play a short demo of Resident Evil 2 at Capcom’s booth in the South Hall.

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