Capcom are to release a remastered version of their seminal hit Resident Evil HD on PlayStation 4, PS3, Xbox One, 360 and PC. The original Resident Evil was released on the PlayStation 1 in 1996, but this will be a remaster of the 2002 Gamecube version that refined the gameplay to maximise gamers’ terror. It was made by the original game’s creators and is widely lauded as a horror masterpiece. It is publisher Capcom’s intention with the Remaster to use technology to “make the scares even more real” using todays improved graphic and sound technologies.
The game is set in deserted Racoon City and you play S.T.A.R.S. government agents Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine as they are sent in to investigate the whereabouts of the missing BRAVO team. As you find yourself trapped in a mansion you must avoid traps, solve puzzles and use your limited supplies to fight of enemies and escape.
The remaster will offer 1080p 30fps graphics on PS4 & XBO, whilst PS3 & 360 versions will run at 720p 30fps. The gamer will be able to select to play in either widescreen 16:9 ratio or classic 4:3 ratio.
To move on screen you can use the original game’s ‘tank’ controls (to move to the right of the screen you have to make your character face right then push forward) or the more modern movement controls we’re used to.
It’s being developed by Capcom Japan producers Tatsuya Kitabayashi and Yoshiaki Hirabyashi. They are keen to hold on to the qualities that made Resident Evil such a hit. In the game announcement video they said:
“Our aim with this remaster is to bring back the original experience in HD. We have been very careful to preserve the atmosphere of the original game, and are ensuring that no unnecessary changes will be made.”
“When it comes to the graphics, we didn’t just want to make them look better. We have taken the game apart, polished all the different elements, and carefully reassembled them in such a way that the original atmosphere shines through.”
Capcom announce Resident Evil HD Remaster
The PS3 edition will get a retail and digital release in Japan in November, whilst the 360 edition will only get a digital release there. It will be released on all formats in the UK, Europe and North America in early 2015.