When Resident Evil’s HD Remaster landed on last and current-gen consoles last year, loyal fans were pleased to return to the series’ roots. Capcom’s re-release of this horror classic was a huge success from a financial standpoint.
Knowing this, Capcom knew that remastering its other Resident Evil games was a no-brainer. On January 19, 2016, gamers will revisit or experience S.T.A.R.S. member Rebecca Chambers and wanted criminal Billy Coen’s prequel adventure for the very 1st time. Along with improved graphics, this new and improved version of Resident Evil 0 will feature a new mode, new outfits, a new difficulty mode and more.
Check out this facts guide regarding everything there is to know about the HD remaster for Resident Evil 0.
1. Resident Evil 0 Originally Launched in 2002 on the Nintendo GameCube
Resident Evil 0 made its initial launch on the Nintendo GameCube back in 2002. The “0” in the game’s title is used to signify this entry’s placing within the RE series as a prequel. The events that occur in this game take place before the horrible ordeal Jill Valentine, Chris Redfield and the rest of the S.T.A.R.S. team experience in the Spencer Mansion.
This game’s plot follows S.T.A.R.S.’s Bravo Team after their helicopter crash lands in the forest, which then leads them to discover a military police transporter with two dead police officers inside it. What follows afterward is a decent into danger that’s filled with Umbrella’s deadly bio-weapons.
What makes this entry stand apart from the other releases in the RE franchise is its unique partner zapping system. Players will have the ability to control both Rebecca Chambers and Billy Coen just by switching between them. In order to properly progress through the game, you’ll need to employ this character zapping mechanic in order to trade items, solve puzzles and utilize each character’s special ability. Item storage boxes have been removed from the game, which explains the implementation of item dropping and exchanging.
2. Several Improvements are Being Made to The Game’s Visuals and Other Features
Just like the treatment that was given to the 1st Resident Evil’s HD remaster, Capcom has made sure to spruce up everything about Resident Evil 0. The graphics have been improved with high-resolution textures and 1080p support. Widescreen support is also being added to the game with a 16:9 screen ratio format.
Retro fans can also play the game in its original 4:3 screen ratio format if they’d like to. On the audio front, the original sound has been remastered to support 5.1ch output. And finally, the easier analog control scheme is selectable alongside the original tank controls.
3. A Special Wesker Mode is One of The Biggest Additions to The Game
Once you complete the game’s campaign once, you’ll unlock a brand new mode that features Albert Wesker. Wesker Mode gives you control of RE’s main villain, who’s been granted the powers of the Uroboros virus. You’ll be able to play through the main campaign once again and make good use of Wesker’s suite of special abilities. Wesker’s powers include his Death Stare and Shadow Dash. The Death Stare attack emits a powerful eye blast, while the Shadow Dash allows Wesker to move at super fast speeds.
4. Digital Pre-Orders of The Game Comes With Special Character Costumes and PS3/PS4 Console Themes
For gamers who decide to pre-order the game digitally through PSN or XBL, some cool bonuses will come to those who purchase the game early. Those bonuses include two outfits for Rebecca (the “Shadow of Fear” T-shirt and Cheerleader costume) and a costume for Billy that’s based on Capcom’s arcade shooter Mercs.
PS3 digital pre-orders will be gifted with a special background theme based on the game. PS4 owners will get a special theme of their own as well if they choose to do the same. The game can only be pre-ordered through the PS3, PS4 and Xbox One (sorry, Xbox 360 owners…).
5. This Game is Also Being Bundled With The 1st Resident Evil in an Origins Collection
Collectors who want to own both recently released remastered Resident Evil games will be pleased with this fact. The Resident Evil Origins Collection (which is releasing on the same day as RE0’s HD Remaster) will include both games on a physical disc. Pre-ordering this bundle will give owners two special costumes for RE0’s HD remaster – Rebecca’s nurse gown from RE: The Mercenaries 3D and a Street Fighter Cody-inspired getup for Billy.